Body kept at home for three days to fulfil last wish

February 26th, 2008 - 2:09 pm ICT by admin  

Hyderabad, Feb 26 (IANS) Family members and friends of a yoga teacher kept his body at home for three days after his death and offered prayers to fulfil his last wish. It was only after neighbours complained of the foul smell that the police intervened and forced the mourners to cremate the body.

The incident took place in Manneguda village under Vanasthalipuram police station of Cyberabad police commissionerate on the outskirts of this state capital.

According to police, Shivraj alias Santosh, 28, died Saturday. He was suffering from severe jaundice for the last few months but did not believe in taking any allopathic medicines.

Shivraj, a painter by profession and associated with Osho, used to teach yoga and meditation at his residence.

He had reportedly told his family members and friends that he was going into deep meditation for three days and then he will go to “samadhi”.

“He did not want to be disturbed for three days. They believed his words and even after his death kept his body at home and offered prayers,” Inspector M. Chandrasekhar of Vanasthalipuram police station told IANS Tuesday.

When the body began decomposing his neighbours informed the police, who intervened Monday evening. His friends initially resisted the police attempts to move the body but later relented. The last rites were performed Tuesday.

The police have booked a case against three friends of Shivraj for causing a nuisance and causing infectious disease by keeping the body at home. While one has been arrested, the police are on the lookout for two others.

The police are not taking any action against the relatives of Shivraj. “They are illiterate and innocent and were not aware of the consequences of keeping the body in the house,” the inspector said.

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