Udupi: Forensic experts in Karnataka are determined to put an end to the conspiracy theories and allegations regarding the mysterious death of Udupi Shiroor Mutt’s controversial 30th seer Lakshmivara Thirtha. Reliable sources at the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) told News18 that Lakshmivara Thirtha did not die of food poisoning but because of liver cirrhosis. Lakshmivara Thirtha was 55 years old when he passed away on July 19.
An officer of FSL told News 18, “Findings of the postmortem has proved that Lakshmivara Thirtha was not poisoned. We have not found any traces of poison in his stomach. As per the tests, we learned that he died due to liver cirrhosis and an acute rupture in the liver.”
Disciples of Lakshmivara Thirtha suspected that one of the heads of the Ashta Mutt poisoned the seer, thereby killing him. Not just the disciples, even a doctor who treated Lakshmivara Thirtha before his death asserted the evidence of a poisonous substance in the blood sample.
Dr Avinash, Medical Superintendent of Kasturba Medical College and Hospital stated, “Once Shiroor Lakshmivara Thirtha was admitted, a team of experts started treating him. Later, the blood tests showed traces of the poisonous substance. We were awaiting the complete blood report when he died of multiple organ failure.”
Lakshmivara Thirtha had earlier asked for protection from gunmen after he allegedly found out conspiracy theories to kill him. The allegations were made by the seer a few weeks before his death. Lakshmivara Thirtha also faced opposition from the seers of the Ashta Mutt for showing interest in politics.
According to some speculations, the rivals of the seer at Ashta Mutt were responsible for his death. The seer passed away after being admitted to Kasturba’s Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit of Manipal on July 18.