Police probe attack on Indian guru

Afp May 31, 2010

BANGALORE: Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the firing incident at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s ashram on Sunday could be related to a dispute between two of his followers and it may not be correct to say that it was aimed at the spiritual leader.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Monday that a shooting incident involving Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, one of the country’s most prominent gurus with millions of followers worldwide, may not have been aimed at him, reported the Indo-Asian News Service.

He said that the incident at Shankar’s ashram on Sunday could be related to a dispute between two of his followers.

“The incident took place after he (Shankar) had left in his car. It may not be correct to say that the firing was aimed at him,” Chidambaram said in an interaction with reporters on the performance of his ministry during May, according IANS.

He said the incident could be related to “dispute between two of (his) followers”.

Police conducted an investigation on Monday, after a single shot was fired at Shankar’s convoy on Sunday as he was returning to his upscale retreat near the IT hub of Bangalore in the southern state of Karnataka.

The guru was unhurt, but one of his aides was reportedly injured.

Karnataka police chief Ajai Kumar Singh told reporters he would describe the shooting as an “incident” rather than an attack.

“Whether it was meant for a particular person is a matter of investigation,” he said. No arrests have been made.

Ravi Shankar said he believed he had been the target, but told his followers to stay calm.

Bearded and perpetually smiling, he once studied under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – the guru who famously inspired the Beatles. He is not related to the Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.

Published in the Express Tribune, June 1st, 2010.

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