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AmidControversy over Vinapani Devi death, Matua Mahasangh seeks CBI enquiry

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 6 2019 7:57PM
AmidControversy over Vinapani Devi death, Matua Mahasangh seeks CBI enquiry
\RBasirhat (North 24 Parganas)/Kolkata, Mar.6 (HS): In the midst of a raging controversy within the Matua Mahangha family,having a followers of over 5 crore people across the country,over the last rites of its supreme leader Vinapani Devi today or tomorrow, a senior member of the state''s well respected family of a different Vaisnava sect, has demanded a CBI inquiry into the cause of death of the deceased. The 99 year old supreme and undisputed head of the Matua famility at Ashoknagar near Basirhat in Nroth 24 Parganas district, breathed her last at the SSKM hospital here last night following a protracted illness. Vinapani Devi who was suffering from several old age ailments for several months, was admitted to government owned SSKM hospital on Saturday last( 2 March).She passed away late last night bringing a pall of gloom among the entire community. Prime minister Narendra Modi after coming to know the death of Vinapani Devi deeply condoled her passing away and recalled his recent meeting with her at the Matua Mahasangh headquarters at Ashoknagar. ''I went to meet her and took her blessings'', he said in a twitter message. Among others Chief minister Mamata Banerjee who visited the ailing Vinapani Devi twice in the hospital last night also expressed her deepest condolence at the passing away of the well respected Matua Sangh chief. In a twitter message she said ''I am deeply pained at the passing away of Matua matriarch Baro Ma Binapani Thakur. My condolences to her family and my brothers and sisters of Matua Community at this moment of grief. It was a great opportunity for me to meet Baro Ma last November,on the centenary of her birthday''. Later in another twit she said ''6 senior ministers will take care of the last rites. She will be accorded state-funeral with gun salute tomorrow. We are proud to have conferred Banga Bibhusan on Boro Ma. May her soul rest in peace''. Accrodingly, today her body was taken to her residence and the Matua Mahasangh headquarters at Ashoknagar, about 50 km from Kolkata in a motorcade to enable lakhs of her followers from all over the district and the state to come and pay their last respects to Vinapani Devi.But as some controversies cropped within the family members about the timing of her last rites with some members seeking it to postpone till tomorrow(7 March) to enable more followers to come and pay their last respect to her, others felt that it should be done by today, as desired by the chief minister in full state honour, because of the poor condition of the dead body.In the midst of all these the grand son of Vinapani Devi and Vice President of Matua Mahasangh Shantanu Thakur has expressed doubt about the sudden death of his grandmother and demanded a CBI probe into her death. ''We were also not allowed to visit her at the final hours'', he said and reiterated his demand. ''We have also informed the Prime minister expressing our concern'', he stated further. Now it remains to be seen when the last rites of Vinapani devi, also known as ''Barama'' would take place ending the surrounding controversy once and for all and to the satisfaction of the entire Matua Mahasangh followers. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod\R
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