2011.01.26 Vrindavan (VT): Inspector Shyamlal Yadav of the Mathura Police comfirmed yesterday that Arvind Patil, otherwise known as Sahasranam Das, confessed to the murder of Bodhmatie Ori on the night of November 17th, 2011.
Sahasranam Das (Arvind Patil), 40, is a former Vrindavan Gurukula student and disciple of Lokanath Swami. According to some, he is also a blood relative of Lokanath Swami, his nephew through a sister or cousin sister.
He lived in the United States in the Philadelphia temple for some time in the mid-90’s, but of late was based at ISKCON’s temple in Aravade, Maharashtra, which is also Lokanath Swami’s birthplace.
According to some sources, Sahasranam Das was involved in the shooting of Kadamba Kanana Das (now Swami), then temple president of ISKCON Vrindavan, in the mid-90s. The case was not pursued.
According to our sources, Sahasranam had been befriended by Vrinda Devi, who was also a Lokanath Swami disciple before leaving ISKCON. She had even made him a part owner of the Sheetal Chaya property and his name was on the deed.
He had been trying to get her to sell the property but she had not agreed to it, but he had continued to make efforts to do so without her knowledge. This had led to numerous quarrels between the two and, evidently, the ultimate crime.
Sahasranam had been seen in the vicinity of Vrinda Devi’s home near about the time of the murder and was an early suspect wanted for questioning. The trail led to him in Maharashtra as he was using her debit card to extract large sums of money from her bank account.
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