Seer kills self in Rajasthan’s Jalore, accuses BJP MLA in suicide note

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A 60-year-old seer, identified as Ravinath, died by suicide on Thursday night allegedly over a land dispute. The seers of the ashram to which seer Ravinath belonged have accused Bhinmal MLA Poora Ram Choudhary of abetting suicide.

India Today accessed the suicide note of seer Ravinath that accused the BJP MLA of abetment to suicide. The seer, in the note, mentioned the land dispute and also appealed to the administration not to conduct a post-mortem of his body.

Meanwhile, the other seers have accused the police of hiding the note and have refused to take the body of the monk, who was found hanging from a tree near the foothills of Sundha Mata temple in Rajpura village.

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To prevent any untoward incident, the police have deployed more force near the ashram.

According to the police, MLA Poora Ram Choudhary is the owner of the land behind the ashram. A dispute arose when the MLA planned to construct a path on the land owned by the ashram.

Three days ago, the MLA sent a few men to measure the land in the ashram premises and seer Ravinath was upset with the developments.

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Replying to the allegations, Choudhary said that he has commercial land behind the ashram which he purchased 30 years ago.

“I was planning to build a resort on it. On Thursday, after taking permission from Tehsildar, the land was measured by a government official. A few days ago, the seer didn’t object to it. There was no dispute between us,” he claimed.

On July 21, a seer for Bharatpur identified as Vijay Das had set himself on fire over illegal mining. Two days later, he succumbed to his injuries.

Hundreds of saints have been protesting for over 550 days against rampant mining in the Brij Chaurasi pilgrimage circuit, associated with Lord Krishna, in Bharatpur.

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