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The following episode from Bhagavatam clearly says that Krishna got angry on washerman and then killed him.

SB 10.41.32: Seeing a washerman approaching who had been dyeing some clothes, Krishna asked him for the finest laundered garments he had.

SB 10.41.33: [Lord Krishna said:] Please give suitable garments to the two of Us, who certainly deserve them. If you grant this charity, you will undoubtedly receive the greatest benefit.

SB 10.41.34: Thus requested by the Supreme Lord, who is perfectly complete in all respects, that arrogant servant of the King became angry and replied insultingly.

SB 10.41.35: [The washerman said:] You impudent boys! You're accustomed to roaming the mountains and forests, and yet You would dare put on such clothes as these! These are the King's possessions You're asking for!

SB 10.41.36: Fools, get out of here quickly! Don't beg like this if You want to stay alive. When someone is too bold, the King's men arrest him and kill him and take all his property.

SB 10.41.37: As the washerman thus spoke brazenly, the son of Devaki became angry, and then merely with His fingertips, He separated the man's head from his body.

SB 10.41.38: The washerman's assistants all dropped their bundles of clothes and fled down the road, scattering in all directions. Lord Krishna then took the clothes.

SB 10.41.39: Krishna and Balarama put on pairs of garments that especially pleased them, and then Krishna distributed the remaining clothes among the cowherd boys, leaving some scattered on the ground.

Krishna didn't tell that he killed to give moksha. There should be a genuine reason for killing a person and the quarrel with Krishna is absolutely not a genuine reason to do such killing (I feel).

It's nice if the answers avoid the following trivial ones(unless strongly referred):

1) To give moksha.

2) Being almighty god.

3) Due to quarrel and anger.

Is there any other genuine reason for killing an ordinary washerman, who is not even a Kshatriya? Does any other text(s) explain this incident in detail?

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    I had heard that the washerman was a rebirth of Rama's minister Arya Sumantra, and he was being punished for Arya Sumantra telling Rama to banish Sita or something. I'm not sure if that has a scriptural basis, though. – Keshav Srinivasan Jan 15 '18 at 6:07
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    @keshavsrinivasan What I heard is that washerman was the person who started spreading nagetive thoughts about Sita's abduction. Because of him people started to discuss about this. Besides Aryasumantra was like father to Lord Rama. Lord can never punish a person whom he gave respect like own father. – Rishabh Jan 15 '18 at 10:46
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    Where is it said that he gave Moksha to the washerman? – Surya Jan 15 '18 at 14:43
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    @hanugm That is about Moksha to the weaver not the washerman. – Surya Jan 15 '18 at 16:41
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    I think He was in a Killing mood while coming to face Kansa.Bhagavatam also writes: tejiyasaam na doshaaya ie Tejasvins can do no wrong.And if someone is killed by God, he wd surely be liberated. – user17294 Mar 7 at 10:05
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In his discourses, Satya Sai baba explains the reason.

http://www.vahini.org/Discourses/d7-bhagavatam.html

For question 54,

When Balarâma and Krishna were proceeding towards the palace of Kamsa, they saw the royal washerman carrying a bundle of royal robes. Krishna snatched the bundle, opened it, gave one robe to His brother and dressed Himself with another. The washerman got angry and entered into a quarrel. Krishna gave him a hard slap on the cheek. He died on the spot. Balarâma could not understand and asked Krishna to explain. Krishna replied that He had killed the washerman because he wished to die in His hands. He was the same washerman who had been responsible for mother Sîtâ's exile (reborn). Later he regretted and requested Râma to kill him for the unpardonable sin he had committed. Râma assured him that his wish would be fulfilled only by the next Avatâra in Dwapara Yuga

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    So even God cannnot clear the sin from inside. He has to kill.Very surprising! – user17294 Mar 11 at 14:58
  • If someone wants to get killd, he will be killed-- its that simple!! – user17294 Mar 11 at 15:00
  • I looked in SB but could not find that Balarama asked Krishna why he did this. Can anyone find the source? – Wikash_ Mar 11 at 15:10
  • @Wikash_hindu sai baba could have connected some other purana. After all if it is in bhagavata, there would be no question to ask here. – user17821 Mar 11 at 15:11
  • That makes sense indeed but I wonder which purana it is then. – Wikash_ Mar 11 at 15:13

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