Panipat, April 21(2007)
Five persons, including the convener of the local Brahmkumari Ashram, have been booked on a charge of murder after the ashram’s media in charge died under mysterious circumstances yesterday.
According to sources, the deceased, Bhai Mahavir, was working at the ashram for the past 27 years. His brother said he received a call from the ashram last evening stating that his brother was unwell. He soon reached the ashram and rushed him to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him dead at about 10 pm and is suspected to have consumed poison. The relatives of the deceased threw stones at the ashram and accused ashram conveners Sarla Behan and Brahmkumar Bharat Bhushan of poisoning Bhai Mahavir. They alleged that both of them had threatened him following the mysterious death of a Brahmkumari at the ashram about six months ago. Sources said a suicide note was also recovered from the victim’s pocket in which he had levelled serious allegations on some ashram people.The police has registered a case against Sarla Behan, Bharat Bhushan, Vinod Kumar, Pravin Kumar and Ashok. No arrest has been made so far.
BK sources have informed that it was a case of suicide of a surrendered Brother while other residents of the center were away, while as per the non-BK view (as reported to me by non-BKs) it was a case of murder through poisoning because the Brother knew some confidential facts that he wanted to make public. Even if it was really a case of suicide, the circumstances that led to it would certainly be investigated by the Police since the matter has been in public domain since quite long time.
It might be recalled that Panipat is the same place where some PBK Brothers were kidnapped and beaten mercilessly by BKs after their megaprogramme a couple of years ago. Aged PBK mothers were also manhandled by the BK guards on the same occasion.