Sadhu committed suicide, BSP had no role: UP Police
The Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday claimed that the sadhu, whose death triggered violence in Deoria district, had committed suicide and the BSP has nothing to with the incident.india Updated: Jan 04, 2011 21:00 IST
The Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday claimed that the sadhu, whose death triggered violence in Deoria district, had committed suicide and the BSP has nothing to with the incident.
"According to eyewitnesses who lived in Durga Janki temple, its head priest Satnam Das, who was upset over a woman disciple leaving the place, immolated himself on January 2 night," ADG (Law and Order) Brij Lal told reporters in Lucknow.
Das had a dispute with another priest Baba Devidas and he had asked the latter to leave the temple, Lal said.
"As Devidas's wife Lalita Devi was also leaving, Satnam Das was very upset and immolated himself. In fact, Lalita Devi suffered injuries in an attempt to douse the flames," he said.
Lal said that after the incident rumours were spread that BSP men were involved, but the party has nothing to do with it.
"It has been cleared by the investigation that BSP has nothing to do with the incident," he said.
Lal claimed that police opened fire in self-defence as the mob went out of control, became violent and attacked police and also looted a rifle and wireless set.
"The mob also torched house and saw-mill of Manni Singh and huts of Bachcha Sharma and Ramakant Gaur," he said.
A total of four cases were lodged in this connection, the ADG said.
"The land over which it is being said that Satnam was having dispute with Manni, is actually gram samaj land which was leased in favour of the latter in 1998," he said.
One person was killed and two others injured in police firing during the protest over the death of the sadhu in Deoria district.
Meanwhile, the political situation has heated up over the incident as BJP and Yuva Hindu Vahini of Yogi Adityanath gave a bandh call on Tuesday.
BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi on Tuesday met the kin of Manoj Pal killed in police firing and gave Rs 50,000 as financial assistance and demanded an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh from the government.
A fact finding committee of the SP led by senior leader Mohan Singh will be visiting Deoria district and meet the victim's family.