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Fact Check: Truth behind the social media post claiming that a sadhu in Ayodhya died of hunger

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The image of the dead body of sadhu is being shared on social media with a false claim he died of starvation and Ayodhya Police immersed his body in the water.

In the backdrop of Palghar lynching horror in which two Hindu sadhus were brutally killed along with their driver, an image was being widely shared on social media claiming that due to hunger, a Hindhu sadhu died in Ayodhya and instead of performing his last rites, Ayodhya police threw the dead body of sadhu in the Saryu river. 

A Twitter user shared a link to an article saying, "A Sadhu died of hunger in Ayodhya. Instead of cremation, the police threw the corpse into the river. It is sad to see this condition of sadhus in Yogiraj!"

A journalist named Kavish also shared the image with a caption that can be roughly translated to, "Old sadhu dies of hunger in Ayodhya, instead of cremation, local police throw the dead body in the river. An 80-year-old monk died of starvation on the Saryu coast, according to local people, his body was lying in the sand for 6 days, but the policemen threw the body in Saryu instead of performing the last rites."

This post has been shared over 530 times at the time of writing this article. 

The truth behind the claim 

After the reports of a few news web portals and a widely circulated image claiming that the sadhu died of starvation, Ayodhya Police released a statement and called the viral claim fake. Ayodhya police clarified, "Claims on social media are absolutely false. The 80-year-old sadhu, Vishnu Das, died of natural causes. The other Sadhus have performed last rites in accordance with the Sadhu tradition. On the basis of statement received by the sadhus against the fake news related to the cause of death of the deceased Sadhu, under the jurisdiction of the police station in Ayodhya, the police registered a case at the local police station under sections 310/20."

You can watch the police statement here:

SSP of Ayodhya, Ashish Tiwari also clarified  "In this incident, we received two statements written on plain paper late night. This is how we first came to know the name of the deceased sadhu Vishnu Das, aged 80 years. It is also clearly written in this statement that the sadhus have no problem with food. The death was due to natural reasons, so the body was not sent for post mortem. On the statement given, it is clearly written that the Sadhu Samaj has immersed the dead body in flowing water according to the Sadhu rituals," in a Fact Crescendo report. 

In conclusion, the image of the dead body of sadhu is being shared on social media with a false claim he died of starvation and also that the Ayodhya Polic immersed his body in the water. Ayodhya Police clarified that this claim is false. And sadhu's body was immersed in water according to the rituals of the Sadhu Samaj by other sadhus. A complaint has been filed against those who were spreading this fake news.

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