Youth found hanging from iron grill at Shaivite shrine in Odisha’s Puri

Niali: A youth died today by committing suicide at a Shaivite shrine in Amareswar village of Tulasipur panchayat under Charichhaka police limits of Puri district.

The deceased was identified as 46-year-old Shyamsundar Manik, who belonged to Badheipatana village under Niali police limits of Cuttack district. Shyamsundar was a well-known businessman.

According to a police source, Shyamsundar had left his house yesterday at around 11.00 pm to witness Jatra (theatre). The youth took an extreme step and hung with the help of a rope from an iron grill in front of Maa Parvati temple located on the premises of the shrine.

The youth’s body was spotted today morning at around 3.30 am, when a servitor (priest) of the temple reached to worship the presiding deities. Later, the priest informed about it to local residents and police station. A team of police reached the spot and launched a probe into the incident.

“The youth along with his son had come to on August 21 and offered a Bhog and paid his obeisance to the deities after taking a bath at the temple pond,” said the priest Purnachandra Nayak.

Shyamsundar’s body was seized and sent to a hospital in Charichhaka for post-mortem.

“The actual cause behind Shyamsundar’s untimely death can be ascertained only after a post-mortem report comes in,” a senior official of Charichhaka police station said.

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