Vrindavan, 2019-07-06 (VT): Vrindavan’s missing ‘Mahant’, Mahamandaleshwar Balmukund Sharan Shastri’s has been declared dead after 24 days. His dead body was found by Mant Police on June 13. As no one came to claim the body, the Police cremated it after three days, as per protocol. His belongings and photographs were kept safe for identification.
The photographs were identified by the Mahant’s brother Ramveer, nephew Vipnesh and many others from his paternal village Basai (near Badayun).
Following a three-day ultimatum by the town’s saint community on Tuesday, Police intensified the search for Shri Balmukund Shastri who went missing from Gopal Bagh near Atalla Chungi on June 12.
Subsequent to the meeting that was held under the banner of ‘Dharma Raksha Sangha’ in Tikari Temple on July 2, the Police were issued an ultimatum to find Mahant Shastri within three days. Seeking investigation details, the Sangh’s national secretary Acharya Badrish demanded his safe return.
Acharya Karshni Nagendra Dutt had apprised CM Yogi Adityanath about the situation giving him a detailed report. He was assured of speedy investigation and resolution of the matter. Describing the incident as ‘alarming’, Mahamadaleshwar Radhaprasad Dev said that he suspected a conspiracy behind it.
Mahant Shastri was last seen with his driver Umesh Pathak, who has since absconded. Police are on the lookout for Pathak. He is the prime suspect in this case, as he had a scuffle with the Mahant a month back, following which the Police took him under custody on Shastri’s complaint.
The investigation at Mahant Shastri’s ashram temple was carried out under the instructions of station head, Sanjiv Kumar Dubey and SOG in-charge, Sanjiv Kumar Chaudhary. Besides interrogating the Pujari Prembihari Sharan, Shastri’s room and nearby CCTV camera footage were examined.