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Ashes of Japan sarin attack cult guru to be scattered at sea

AFP  |  Tokyo 

The cremated remains of the executed guru of the Japanese behind deadly 1995 gas attack will be scattered at sea to avoid creating for his followers, reported.

The representing the youngest daughter of Shoko Asahara, the of the sect, announced the plan day after she agreed to collect his ashes.

The plan comes amid reports of a battle between other members of Ashara's family, including his wife, for his remains. His wife and several other children remain in an Aum successor Asahara's youngest daughter, whose name has not been made public, is the only one of his children to break with it.

"(Asahara's) ashes bear grave importance to his followers," said Taro Takimoto, according to

Takimoto and the daughter have agreed that it is best to scatter Asahara's remains in the to avoid creating any "holy land" for his followers, he said.

The also urged the government to protect the daughter from possible attacks from the guru's followers.

On Monday, Japanese authorities cremated 63-year-old Asahara, amid fears that his death could be used to reboot the

agency said Asahara's remains would stay at the detention centre where he was executed for now because of fears that his daughter could be assaulted by his followers if she came to collect them.

The near-blind leader, whose real name was Chizuru Matsumoto, was executed Friday for his role in the 1995 attack on the and other crimes. The subway attack killed 13 people and injured thousands. Six other members of the cult remain on death row.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 17:15 IST