Three pontiffs commit self-immolation in Karnataka
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Bidar (Karnataka): Upset over the mysterious death of their seer, three pontiffs allegedly committed suicide by self-immolation inside a mutt complex in northern Karnataka today, police said.
The pontiffs of Chouli Mutt - Jagannath Swami (21), Sharanayya Swami (18) and V Reddy Swami (50) - allegedly set fire to a place where firewood was stored in the mutt complex and jumped into the fire, they said.
Fire brigade and police personnel recovered the charred bodies from the spot. Police said the trio had left a suicide note, which was being probed. Chouli Mutt seer Ganeshananda Swami had died under mysterious circumstances in February, they said, adding that his three juniors were reportedly upset about it.
The mutt attracts followers mostly from the Lingayat community.
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Date 06-12-13, Duration 2:11, Views 649