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Woman disciple of seer ends life

UNABLE to cope with the grief, a woman disciple of seer Gyaneshwar, who was murdered along with seven others near Allahabad a couple of days back, immolated herself on Saturday-Sunday night.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 01:05 IST

UNABLE to cope with the grief, a woman disciple of seer Gyaneshwar, who was murdered along with seven others near Allahabad a couple of days back, immolated herself on Saturday-Sunday night.

Padma (40), native of Hardwar, was living with the seer for the past two decades. On Saturday night when dead body of seer arrived in the ashram, she could not bear the shock. At midnight she locked herself in the room and immolated herself by pouring kerosene.

The police camping in the ashram rushed to rescue her after seeing smoke. They however could not immediately enter the room. Later she succumbed to the burns. Her sister Saroj Devi praised her sacrifice and said, “she has met her bhagwan now.”

Interestingly, secretary of the ashram Ram Sahai Singh said he was away from the spot when the incident took place. He compared her death to sacrifice made by Shabri after meeting Lord Ram in Ramayana.

Later in the evening, the last rites of the sant Gyaneshwar were performed. He was buried in the ashram. His family members came from Deoria to attend the last rites. Other deceased in the incident were also buried in a common grave along with Padma. Last rites of one Mithilesh, who also died in the incident, were performed in his village Amseruwa.

Only a handful of supporters were present in the ashram but local villagers thronged in large numbers. Their visit was more out of curiosity than devotion. Hardly any one paid last respect to the seer; they were busy roaming in the ashram which was out of bound for them till now. Women constables were deputed inside the main building.

Later, the secretary compared the seer’s death to that of Krishna’s death. He criticised the media for negative approach towards the seer. A large contingent of PAC was present to ward off any untoward incident.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 01:05 IST