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Three Indian devotees kill themselves to 'join guru' who died last month

Published on Apr 8, 2013 6:19 PM

BANGALORE (AFP) - Three followers of an Indian guru committed suicide Monday by jumping on a burning wood pyre, saying they wanted to "join" their leader who killed himself over a month ago, police said.

The three devotees, aged 16, 30 and 50, lived at the Chouli monastery near Badar in southern India dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva, one of the most important gods in the Hindu pantheon, known as the destroyer of evil.

The men wrote in a suicide note that they were "leaving the world to join their guru Gyaneshwar", who monastery residents said killed himself at the end of February, police deputy superintendent Vijayanath Jyothi told AFP.

"Our guru is not here. There is no meaning in living anymore. We are voluntarily going to our god in heaven," read a note written before they jumped into "a heap of firewood they lit after midnight", Mr Jyothi said.

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