Spiritual gurus soft targets as no clear policy to secure them

Spiritual gurus soft targets as no clear policy to secure them
Team DNA
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 2:11 IST

New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore: What kind of security are spiritual leaders provided? The question has assumed significance a day after a gunman shot at the convoy of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar near Bangalore on Sunday.

Tragedy at Mangalore AirportWhile the Art of Living founder has forgiven the gunman and invited him to his ashram, and the Karnataka police are playing down the incident as not a ‘targeted attack’, the issue of protection of religious and spiritual leaders, who move around freely among thousands of devotees and thus remain soft targets for miscreants, has come across as a concern for many.

Sources in the Union home ministry said there are no guidelines or norms to provide security to religious leaders. “The security is related to developments and is provided by the state governments as and when needed,” they said, adding that such attacks are generally the fallout of internal rivalries involving followers.

Buttressing the ministry’s point of view, a Delhi police source said the force had no trend of providing personal security either to such persons or to their establishments. “We do not provide security to any religious leader. Arrangements are made if the religious heads or their sects organise functions.”

The case with the Mumbai police, who have decided to re-examine the security cover to visiting religious leaders after the Bangalore incident, is similar. Currently, they have provision for Z plus security to two religious leaders — Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh and Sathya Sai Baba. As for the others, the police examine the scheduled places of visit and assess the threat perception.

“Each time a religious leader visits the city, we examine the level of security to be provided,” said Naval Bajaj, additional commissioner of police (Protection).

“Depending on whether the leader has recently been in controversy and the number of followers, we draw up a security cover that needs to be provided,” he added.

However, post the Pune bakery blast in February, the central security agencies, including the Intelligence Bureau, have been keeping a watch over spiritual centres across India. “The intelligence input gathered after the incident has created an additional burden on the security agencies towards providing security for seers and religious and spiritual centres,” observed an officer in the agency.

However, fool-proof security to spiritual gurus is not an easy task. In Karnataka, over 500 police personnel provide security to seers. But the proliferating number of swamijis and seers from each community makes it an onerous task.

Besides, spiritual leaders like to mingle with their devotees and brook no involvement of the police in gatherings. The alleged bid on Sri Sri at his Kanakapura ashram has exposed this vulnerability. He has Z-category security, say senior police officers.

DNA India Reference

India News – Islamic Terrorist Attack Citation Was Incorrect

India News – Islamic Terrorist Attack Citation Was Incorrect

Dear Friends and Fellow Readers,

A news article released on ANI (Asian News International) claimed that a wanted terrorist named Farhatullah Ghouri was alleged to have masterminded a blast that occurred at Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh in South India. This claim is incorrect. The bomb blast occurred at a Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Dilsukhnagar, Andhra Pradesh in South India. The ANI article with the incorrect information stated:

Gujarat Police arrests Akshardham attack suspect
Published on : Sunday 19 Jul 2009

Hyderabad, July 19- ANI: A team of Organisation for Counter Terrorist Operations (OCTOPUS) of Gujarat Police arrested a terror suspect allegedly involved in the attack on Gandhinagars Akshardham Temple in 2002, here today.

The OCTOPUS took Shoukatullah Ghouri into the custody immediately after his arrival from Saudi Arabia, at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

Ahmedabad court has issued a non bailable warrant against Ghouri.He was accompanied by his wife and four children from Jeddah, where he said to be working as a religious cleric in a mosque.

Ghouri was interrogated by the Intelligence Bureau, OCTOPUS, and Andhra Police in an undisclosed location. Police also reportedly questioned Ghouris wife and children in a farmhouse in the citys outskirts, and also seized their passport and educational documents before releasing them.

Hyderabad Police said, Ghouri was handed over to Gujarat police, as no case was registered against him in Andhra Pradesh.

According to police Ghouri had links with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed and had fled to Saudi Arabia after the attack on Akshrdham temple. He was reportedly in the city for the treatment of his ailing wife.

Ghouris brother, Farhatullah Ghouri, is also a most wanted terrorist who allegedly masterminded the blast in Sai Baba temple at Puttaparti in Andhra Pradesh and suspected suicide attack on the office of the Hyderabad city police Task Force. Police believe that he is operating from the Gulf or Pakistan. – ANI

(ANI Reference)

Please help spread the news about this error relating to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba before it hits the rumor and gossip mills.

Inciting Islamic Terrorists – Terrorism – Jihad Against Sathya Sai Baba Devotees

Inciting Islamic Terrorists, Terrorism, Jihad & Violence Against Sathya Sai Baba Devotees

On WordPress, Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard have been waging concerted and unremitting smear campaigns against the revered Indian Guru, Sri Sathya Sai Baba:
robertpriddy.wordpress.com
barrypittard.wordrpess.com

The ExBaba website published a very disturbing letter written by Barry Pittard (an Ex-Follower of Sathya Sai Baba) that said (in part):

home.hetnet.nl/~ex-baba/engels/articles/christmastime.html
Date: 11-25-02
From: Barry Pittard, Australia.
Email: bpittard@beachaccess.com.au

If I were a fundamentalist ‘Islamic’ terrorist I would be sharply eyeing off Puttaparthi/Whitefield, and would consider a Christmas to be a good time to blow up or otherwise kill foreigners there, especially American, British, German, French, Israeli, Australian, not to mention citizens of any other countries who support the US.

It would be one way to reply to their religious leader’s blasphemous assertion that he is fully God incarnate – i.e., Allah.

Since sathya sai baba has a large number of Jewish followers from around the world, it may be instructive (and even save lives) to note the dates of Chanukah for the next five years:

CHANUKAH Eight Days Festival of Lights
Sat 30 Nov Sat 8 Dec
Sat 20 Dec Sat 27 Dec
Wed 8 Dec Wed 15 Dec
Mon 26 Dec Mon 2 Jan
Sat 16 Dec Sat 23 Dec

Lodged deeply in my fundamentalist cultural psyche would be a notion of Islam against Christianity, the Faithful against the infidel Crusaders. Islam against the Jews. And any other Infidel who gives them aid and comfort.

I would especially relish a crack at George W. Bush’s fellow Christians and neo-Christians among those misguided enough to visit the supposed Father of Jesus Christ. There would be plenty of US, UK, German, French, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Australian, etc., body bags or bits of DNA to send home to the blasphemers’ countries!

Of course, sathya sai baba ashram security is tighter than a drum on peak Hindu occasions, when the President, Prime Minister and other VVIP’s go visit him – with all their retinue of top security aides and sheer firepower. However, the considerable deterent of heavily beefed up security arrangements (some of the personnel experienced in years of bloody tussle with terrorists and other criminals of many kinds, in and beyond India) would be much diminished at Christmas time.

The fundamentalist ‘Allah’ be praised – Christmas time. Westerner time! A time to strike?

In the general time scale of the current Middle Eastern terrorist development, one may wonder whether such forces would yet have had time to be manoeuvred into such a fairly well-secured place as Puttaparthi/Whitefield. However, non-Puttaparthi/Whitefield oriented operations previously planned can be revamped into a new configuration, which prioritorizes for holy destruction this city of blasphemy against Allah and His Prophet (Peace be upon him)…

This letter is disgusting and reprehensible and reveals how Barry Pittard thrives on violent scenarios and fantasies in the hope to instill fear and panic in others.

Who, in his right mind, would:

  • Fantasize about being an Islamic Terrorist?
  • Fantasize about murdering and slaughtering innocent Christians and Jews?
  • Fantasize about the resulting mutilation, blood and gore?
  • Fantasize that these acts of terrorism would occur at Puttaparthi?
  • Fantasize that terrorists would reprioritize their attacks and instead attack Westerners at Puttaparthi?
  • Incite terrorists by claiming that Sathya Sai Baba is blaspheming Islam?
  • Have the gall and audacity to publicly publish these aberrant fantasies under the pretext of warning others about possible terrorism?

It is disturbing how Barry Pittard is able to talk and think like a terrorist with such ease and fluency:

“If I were a fundamentalist ‘Islamic’ terrorist I would be sharply eyeing off Puttaparthi/Whitefield, and would consider a Christmas to be a good time to blow up or otherwise kill foreigners there, especially American, British, German, French, Israeli, Australian, not to mention citizens of any other countries who support the US.”

“There would be plenty of US, UK, German, French, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Australian, etc., body bags or bits of DNA to send home to the blasphemers’ countries.”

“The fundamentalist ‘Allah’ be praised – Christmas time. Westerner time! A time to strike?”

“However, the considerable deterent of heavily beefed up security arrangements (some of the personnel experienced in years of bloody tussle with terrorists and other criminals of many kinds, in and beyond India) would be much diminished at Christmas time.”

“However, non-Puttaparthi/Whitefield oriented operations previously planned can be revamped into a new configuration, which prioritorizes for holy destruction this city of blasphemy against Allah and His Prophet (Peace be upon him).”

Although Barry Pittard attempted to glibly dismiss the issue that his letter may incite or direct fundamentalist Islamic terrorists (or other terrorist organizations such as separatists, rebels, freedom fighters, liberators, revolutionaries, guerrillas, vigilantes, militants, mujaheddins, jihadis or fedayeens) to attack Westerners and Jews at Puttaparthi, the wording in his letter and the provision of Hanukkah dates clearly points to an ulterior motive and a malicious intent.

In addition to Barry Pittard’s terrorism letter, he viciously attacked the well known and respected Rabbi David Zeller, mysteriously had his Anti-Sai-Baba articles published on the Adeliade Institute website (which is considered Anti-Semitic by the Israel Ministry of Home Affairs) and published Anti-Sai-Baba articles in the Nexus Magazine, which has been rightly accused of having Anti-Semitic ties (Ref).

Barry Pittard is also a strong advocate and solictor of Sanjay Dadlani (even linking to Sanjay’s blog from his WordPress blog) who posted on the QuickTopic Forum under the name “kick his head in” and said that someone should murder Sathya Sai Baba. Sanjay Dadlani is the same person who rejoiced when a Sai Baba temple was bombed by a terrorist. Sanjay even expressed sympathy for the terrorist who bombed the temple.

Combine all this information with Barry Pittard’s comments about Islamic Terrorists, “DNA bits” (i.e., blood, crushed bone, viscera, bodily tissues and bodily secretions) and Jews and the end result is very disturbing, macabre and wholly unconscionable.

These are the type of extremists and fanatic defamers who are attempting to take a moral and ethical stand against Sathya Sai Baba. Critics have attempted to trivialize all this information and deflect readers by accusing others of “libel”, “slander” and “defamation” (Ref). However, the information provided on this Pro-Sai website is fully referenced with factual and verifiable links, screencaps and sources that anyone can confirm for him/her self.

Reference