Priest dies by suicide in Ayodhya, live streams death on Facebook

Ram Shankar Das, a priest at Narasimha temple, livestreamed his suicide on Facebook, claiming that he was compelled to take the drastic measure due to police harassment.

On Monday afternoon, the lifeless body of 28-year-old Ram Shankar Das was discovered hanging in his temple quarters | Pic: iStock

According to the police, a temple priest, who was 28 years old, reportedly died by hanging himself on Monday (May 1).

Ram Shankar Das, a priest at Narasimha temple, live streamed the suicide on Facebook, alleging that harassment by police forced him to take the extreme step.

Police had a few days ago registered a case against Ram Shankar Das in connection with the disappearance of an elderly Mahant, Ram Sharan Das, of the temple. Ram Sharan Das (80) is missing since January this year.

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The body of Ram Shankar Das (28) was found hanging in his room at temple premises Monday afternoon, police said.

In the live video, Ram Shankar Das made serious allegations against the in-charge of Raiganj police outpost and a constable posted in his security.

Station House Officer of Kotwali police station Manoj Sharma said, “Priest Ram Shankar Das was addicted to drugs and he committed suicide under the influence of drugs. The allegations he made against the police are totally false.

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When the priest did not show up for two days, police opened the door of his room and it was seen that he had made a noose of his cloth and hanged himself with its help. Prima facie, it looks like suicide, Sharma said.

An investigation has been launched and all aspects of the case are being probed, he said.

(With agency inputs)

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