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Monk hanged himself: Cops

Itanagar, May 19: T.G. Rinpoche, the Buddhist monk from Arunachal Pradesh who was found dead at his Vasant Kunj residence in New Delhi on Saturday, was upset because his relative lost in the Assembly elections held recently in the state, some of his followers today said.

Rinpoche — who was head of the Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Ling monastery in Bomdila, West Kameng district, and himself a former two-time MLA — was apparently upset with his relative’s defeat and reportedly hanged himself on Friday night, leaving behind a note written in Tibetan.

However, his followers here in Itanagar and New Delhi initially refused to term the death as a suicide and said the religious leader had gone into a samadhi — a state of intense concentration reached through mediation where one reaches divinity before or in death.

On Saturday, joint commissioner of police Robin Hibu, who is also the nodal officer for the northeastern community in Delhi, said the deputy commissioner (South) had told him that the post-mortem result would verify the cause of death but initial reports suggested that Rinpoche committed suicide by hanging.

While media reports clai-med that post-mortem results confirmed death by hanging, details are still sketchy.

Rinpoche, 47, was held in high esteem in the Buddhist community, especially among the ethnic Monpas of Tawang and West Kameng districts. His followers are flatly refusing to accept the suicide angle.

His body was flown back to Bomdila on Saturday.

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