Ashutosh Maharaj, founder of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, a non-profit spiritual organisation in Nurmahal, Punjab, was found dead on Jan 29, 2014.
He suffered a heart attack and was declared clinically dead by a team of doctors. Despite being “clinically dead”, Ashutosh continued to have Z-category security from the Punjab Police and central security forces. The body is guarded by over 25 armed personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Punjab Police.
Yes, you guys are reading absolutely right. A dead godman is guarded by over 25 armed personnel at the cost of taxpayer’s money. His dead body is enjoying Z category security at taxpayer’s cost.
In 2009, following many violent clashes, Ashutosh was provided Z+ security cover which has been trimmed down to Z-category after his death. The Sikh community alleged him to be hurting their religious sentiments, and accused him of distorting Sikh teachings, called Banis, and making negative comments about Sikhism and the Sikh gurus.
Punjab Police and central security forces is safeguarding the body of a dead godman just because his followers thinks that someday he will come out from his deep sleep. Z category security costs approximately around 15 lakhs per month. Many celebrities like Mukesh Ambani, Aamir khan etc bears cost of their Z category security and pays charges for it.
Our Police and forces have works like , protecting people and citizens of their country. But, they have been put to safeguard a dead godman’s body. It sounds quiet strange. We are in 21st century but these beliefs are quiet unbelievable.
Ever since, his body has been preserved in a freezer by his followers at the DJJS headquarters at Nurmahal in Punjab’s Jalandhar district. His followers claim that he had gone into a state of meditation and would return after fulfilment of his spiritual mission. In December 2014, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered that the last rites for Ashutosh be performed in 15 days. The ruling was later suspended, with further hearings postponed to 9 February 2015. Almost three years later, in July 2017, the Punjab and Haryana High Court granted permission for the followers to preserve his body in a freezer, although it was unclear whether the court had agreed with the sect’s argument that its founder was still alive. As per the high court order, a team of doctors will examine the body of the godman. The sect will deposit Rs 50 lakh for this purpose.
Just few days ago, We saw a godman, having Z+ category security found guilty in rape cases. That case was 15 years old. After, he founded convicted his followers started riots in different areas of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and delhi. What kind of belief is that. A godman, having Z+ category security at Taxpayer’s money, when found guilty destroyed public and private property and that too of Taxpayer’s money.