Hindu saint commits suicide after alleging police humiliation

Saravanan, a 42-year-old sadhu, has allegedly committed suicide at a place near Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s village after he was humiliated by a group of policemen led by a local sub-inspector.

Saravanan is a Siddhar (Saint) who committed suicide after releasing a video alleging that he was beaten up by police. In his video, Saravanan has stated that he was beaten up by SI Anthony Michael and was humiliated.

Saravanan further alleges that he could not tolerate this humiliation and hence decided to end his life. Before committing suicide, The Shiva devotee and Sivanadiyar Saravanan shot a video and delivered an angry speech against Tamilnadu police Sub Inspector Anthony.

According to the reports, the shocking incident occurred at Kundangal Kaadu in Sankagiri taluk in Salem district of Tamil Nadu. Sadhu Saravanan used to perform special poojas at new moon days for his devotees, who complain of being possessed by ghosts. Several people visited his ashram situated in village Puliyampatti Kudalamkadu near Edappadi for divine healing and to get a holy pendant.

Reportedly, the Sadhu used to sit at his home and attended devotees coming to him. On 14 August, two women who had reported of being possessed by ghosts came to the Sadhu in a semi-naked position. Interestingly, a group of policemen from Thevur police station also landed at his place at that time and beat him up.

SI Anthony Michael also rushed to the spot and allegedly thrashed him after abusing him. Some people reportedly said the police beat him up when he was eating a packet of food given by a woman devotee.