Karnataka DGP says attack not aimed at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
BANGALORE: A day after a firing incident in the ashram of spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, police on Monday termed it as an "incident" and said it was not a "targeted attack" on him. The security of 54-year-old Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of Art of Living (AOL), has been beefed up, they said.
“I do not call it an attack. It is an incident. Whether it was meant at a person or not, we cannot say at the moment", Karnataka DGP Ajaikumar Singh, who visited the ashram, told reporters here.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had escaped unhurt yesterday when an unidentified gunman fired at his convoy at his ashram here. Giving details about the firing, Singh said the bullet was fired from about 700 to 750 feet away and so far no body has claimed to have seen the attacker. The ammunition found at the site is .32 mm and it is a versatile one that could be used for a variety of weapons, he said.
The incident of firing occurred between 6.05 PM and 6.10 PM and at least five minutes after Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's convoy had left the spot, Singh said. Speaking to reporters at his ashram this morning, Ravi Shankar said he was happy with the existing security and has forgiven the attacker.
"I heard a loud noise.But I was in my usual calm self. My driver had a premonition that there could be some kind of attack on me", Ravi Shankar said. The spiritual guru said, "I do not have enemies. However, whoever has done this, I forgive him.I give him amnesty. I invite him to join our satsang course.I will teach him meditation and Sudarshan Kriya (a breathing technique popularised by him)."
Quoting the account of a devotee, Vijaykumar, the DGP said he had told the police that he heard the noise and felt a burning sensation in his left thigh, but there was no bleeding injury. Singh said, "The ashram people informed the Harohalli police Inspector around 9.10- 9.15 pm and the message reached the Ramanagara Superintendent of Police around 9.45 to ten PM".
He said according to Forensic Science Laboratory experts, it was not a flat trajectory and it would have been aimed high, but came down. "It was almost a dead bullet."
The police have provided "Y" category security to Ravi Shankar, with four police personnel guarding him round-the-clock.
Meanwhile, BJP President Nitin Gadkari has written a letter to Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa expressing concern over the issue and asked him to beef up Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's security.
GCIC saddened by the attack on Sri Sri Ravishankar
Religious Freedom is enshrined in our Democratic Secular India, and the news of the attack on the convoy of Sri Sri Ravishankar is unfortunate and does not bode well for the image of our Secular India;
The unidentified gunman opened fire on the convoy of spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar around 18.30 hours on Sunday as he was on his way to meet some delegates after a satsang at the ashram, which is 25 km Benguluru city.
one devotee sustained minor injuries when the bullet brushed past him.
GCIC tirelessly advocates of freedom of faith and continues to lobby the agencies and people responsible at the local and national levels for upholding and implementation of the constitutional guarantees and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
PTI, May 31, 2010, 12.30pm IST