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Murders in Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’ – 3

Posted by robertpriddy on October 21, 2010

Graphic scenes of the murders in Sathya Sai baba's bedroom-1So that people involved with Sathya Sai Baba issues might not forget the horrendous murders in his bedroom in 1993 and their cover-up by the Government of India, the graphic evidence is circulated once again. These unsolved and covered-up murders – where Sathya Sai Baba was present but was never even questioned by police – will haunt Indian authorities for decades to come, and very rightly so. No form of redress – let alone anything approaching justice – was ever allowed for any of the bereaved – or for those affected by Sathya Sai Baba’s staff purges of ashramites whose lives had been dedicated to service under the figurehead of Sathya Sai Baba. Factual analysis of these photos by Basava Premanand:-

Pic. 12 to 15 are the photographs of Suresh Shatharam Prabhu, one of the four alleged assailants.
What the FIR states about the shooting dead the four assailants is that at about 11:30pm four assailants armed with daggers suddenly opened doors (of Baba’s bed room) pounced on police, attacked and caused injuries to three with a view to kill. As police could not over power them, in self defense, 5 police opened fire killing all the four assailants in the mandir. According to post mortem report all the four assailants were shot dead point blank at less than 6 inches distance. If the assailants had rushed out of the room, they ought to have been shot outside and not inside. The position of their bodies prove that all were shot inside the rooms and not from outside.

Pic. 12 shows Suresh Shantharam Prabhu with his head on the door step. In the 13th photograph taken from his back, his legs are in the middle of the room and there is a pink coloured bath towel on his right side. At his back on the left is a fallen teapoy. In the 12th and 13th photographs the position of the legs of the teapoy is different. Moreover if the teapoy was really mere it would not have been possible to open the door. If the assailant had come out of the door to stab the police, he would not have been shot inside the center of the room, from the back. There is not a drop of blood on the floor when he had been shot at less than 6″ distance at the back of the right chest.

The position of the body in Pic. 12 and 13 shows that he was shot from behind from the room. When the four alleged assailants were shot dead at less than 6″ distance, what was the necessity of 5 police shooting them is not known. Moreover the bullets which have pierced them have not been checked as to from which rifles they were shot. In the photographs 12,13 and 14, the body is lying in face down position, while in photograph 15 the body is on tl1e back with face up. It is also not possible to identify the room and as per the CB-CID remand report it is the bed room of Radhakrishna. On the far end of the room a bed sheet has fallen down half on the ground. The wound on the back of right chest is visible but it is dry. As the bullet did not come out of the body, there cannot be blood in the front side of the chest. But photograph 15 shows blood on the right and left of the shirt in the front and also on the sleeves. In photograph 12,13 and 14 the eyes are shut while in photograph 15 eyes are open. Some one has raised the shirt and so his chest and part of the stomach is seen. His right hand is in a different position in photograph 15 from that in photographs 12,13 and 14. There is a drop of blood on the floor near the doorsteps and two knives. If Suresh Shantharam Prabhu after being shot in the middle of the room fell down dead the knives cannot fall outside. The position of the two knives looks as if some one had placed them there. The two hands under his body proves that he had not thrown the knives away. More over, no gloves is seen in the room or outside. So the fingerprints on the knives ought to have been checked by the police. There is some blood on his pants near the right leg.

Murders in Sai Baba's bedroom- corpses and shambles afterwards
Pic.l6,17,18,l9 are of Sai Ram a student of Baba’s University. The warden has not explained how he came out of the hostel at night when it is claimed that the hostel rules are very strict. The snake bed points out that he is in Sai Baba’s bedroom. His legs are inside the door and so he was shot inside the bedroom. He has been shot at the left side of the neck from a distance less than 6″. If he was running out of the room and stab the police it would not have been possible to shoot him at the left side of the neck. His leg and body position proves that he was inside the room facing the bed.

When his palms are under his body it would not have been possible for him to remove the gloves from his hand and throw it behind his head. There is no blood on the gloves also. The blood on the planks of the door proves that he was shot from inside with the door closed. Splashes of blood are there around him up to the hips and a pool of blood in front of his face. A neat white folded cloth is also splashed with blood which would not have come from the neck injury. There is a box and a small knife near his knee joint, also a blue bag, under his left foot there is a white cloth.
In Photograph 17 there is a rope above his head in the corner of the room. The eyes are closed in photograph l6,17, 1 8, while in photograph 19 it is wide open. Someone has raised his shirt and his stomach part is seen with his left hand on it. His mouth is open and everything looks unnatural.

In all the photographs the jeans and shirt are clean without blood stains. In usual course the blood would have sprouted out immediately he was shot on the neck and drenched his dress. It is also not possible to identify the room in photograph 19.

Victims of police execution on orders of Sathya Sai Baba's menPic.20,21,22 and 23 are of Jagannatham. His body is lying on his right side with legs towards the door and head towards the cot and the face towards the wall. There is a watch on his left hand and his left palm is near his face. He has been shot on his right palm, on the left side of the axilla piercing the left side of the chest and another shot on the right side of the 2nd sutor costal area lacerated up to the right mammary area. Here also he has been shot from inside the room and not from outside the door. There is an object near his right palm. The floor is clean and though blood is seen on the sleeves of the right hand in pic.20, the blood is not visible in pic.2l and 22. Pic.23 is with face up. There are blotches of blood on the right side of the chest but his hand position differs from the other photographs. While in photographs 20 and 21 his left hand touches his nose, photograph 22 shows his left hand away from the nose.
Pic.24 is of Suresh Kumar with Baba. He was very near to Baba and had collected lots of mementos from him. So also other assailants. Pic.25,26,27,28 are the murder scene of Suresh Kumar in Sai Baba’s bed room.

In pic.25 and 27 you can see his feet in the space of a wooden almirah. This very clearly proves that he had not dashed out of Baba’s bed room to stab the police and really he was shot while hiding behind the almirah. He was shot in the left eye and the brain was lacerated, the 2nd shot was on the right thigh and the 3rd shot in the lateral side of the left wrist. All shots were from less than 6″ distance. There is a blood pool around him down the waist and not beyond the thigh. Though the 2nd shot was on the right thigh there is no blood on the right side of the pants. Both the hands are with blood but the blood had not splashed around after the fall. The two knifes are clean at the handle and the one near to him, the blade has blood stains. There are two gloves near him one as if dipped in blood and the other spotless. When he would have died immediately he was shot in the eye there would not have been any time to remove the gloves after having been shot on the left wrist. There is also a part of white cloth touching the red ‘gloves without any blood on it. His shirt and pants are almost spotless. In photographs 25,26,27 he has fallen on his left side. The photograph 28 shows him fallen on his back and the hands are not in the same position as in other 3 photographs 25,26,27.

These murder photographs seem to have been taken alter the bodies are moved from the place of murder and suit the built up story in the FIR by the Circle Inspector of police Gangadhar Reddy, at the direction of H.J.Dora who had rushed to Puttaparthi on the 6th night itself from Hyderabad.
Bloody corpse of executed Sathya Sai Baba devotee


See also overview of the 1993 bedroom murders and links to evidence pages follow-up

Murders in the Prashanthi temple – reflections 1 On how I came to learn of the murders in the bedroom of Sai Baba, and how – despite misgivings – I rationalized the matter for some years until I was awoken to the realities by V.K. Narasimhan’s private confidences. Also: Murders in the Prashanthi temple – reflections 2

See also the two preceding blogs on this:

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Sunday at Prashanthi Nilayam – part 2

Posted by robertpriddy on August 17, 2010

V.J. Ram (aka Janakiram) recounts the events of June 6, 1993 when two of the intruders who were murdered briefed the others of their plan.

Read this here 

Note: The view of J.V. Ram that jealousy was the strongest motive is questionable… there is no clear evidence to suggest this. It was the propaganda of Sathya Sai Baba in his confused and vague discourse about the murders some weeks later. Others have claims that it was an attempt to get access to Sathya Sai Baba, not least to get rid of corruption in the ashram (in which Radhakrishna Murthy was supposedly deeply involved) but also to pressure Sai Baba into stopping his many reported sexual abuses of young boys and men. That a vendetta between opposing parties at the ashram existed seems very likely, since Vijay Prabhu was known to be a constant critic of many corrupt activities of the staff (and most rightly so), including their (secret) use of alcohol and Puttaparthi brothels. One brothel was widely reported as being owned by Janakiramiahah, the younger brothr of Sathya Sai Baba. Another organized undercover sex solicitation was conducted at the ayurvedic healing clinic ‘Nadakuduru Sai Ayurveda Hospitals Private Limited of one of the ‘veranda VIPs’, Dr. Samba Siva Rao.

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Puttaparthi murders

Posted by robertpriddy on June 12, 2010

Report on a murder at Prashanthi Nilayam

Swiss-German lady brutally murdered in her new flat at Prashanthi Nilayam

A letter was sent to Robert and Reidun Priddy about the brutal murder of a lady in her room at Prashanthi Nilayam (date uncertain, but in 1992) but about a week after the murder of the Swiss/German-speaking lady in her room in Prashanthi Nilayam . (This took place about a year before the June 1993 murders in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom took place.) At that time, Marge Hendel, an American, was living mostly in Norway, but with months per annum in India for a number of years.

Marge Hendel was known to many US devotees, having known Alvin Drucker well and been in his group when Jewish US devotees had a Sai Baba interview together arranged by Drucker. Later Marge Hendel stayed for much longer periods in India, at Puttaparthi and Brindavan.

My wife Reidun had met the Swiss-German lady who was about to become a flat owner. When we were back at the ashram again, I asked Danish Mr. Thorbjørn Meyer – then the coordinating Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization for Scandinavian group of countries what he knew of the murder of that lady. He said she was killed at her apartment a day or so after having been to the State Bank of India in Puttaparthi, and because she had not concealed her withdrawal (of Rs. 80,000.- an extremely considerable sum for Indian villagers), she had been followed by two brothers who lived in Puttaparthi. Meyer added that it was really her own fault! I was lost for words when he said that… he was and still is one of the most active Sai officials at covering up anything whatever which may reflect badly on his Lord and Master, Sathya Sai Baba.

The above murder was investigated by the Puttaparthi police, who caught the murderers. Some weeks later they escaped from custody. V.K. Narasimhan told me that the police had allowed them to abscond after they had agreed to tell where the money was hidden, which the police then took for themselves. The Prashanthi Nilayam authorities were apparently able to prove this embezzlement and this information was used by Janakiramiah and others involved to pressure the Puttaparthi police chief into giving the order for the execution by rifle fire of the four Sai follower young men trapped in Sai Baba’s bedroom apartment.

Murders of visitors are not at all uncommon at Sathya Sai Baba ashrams, here is another case reported in India:-

Murder of German Lady at Puttaparthi?
Published by Vaartha, Telugu Daily – 17.08.1997

Bukkapatnam (Aug. 16) : The disappearance of a German lady A.M.S. Julanda Mariatus, who came to Puttaparthi is being doubted whether she has been murdered. This news has spread like wild fire in and around Puttaparthi. All the relevant records belonging to her like passport, books etc., were found in a small village near Puttaparthi. Her passport Number is 9502746744.

Evidence is there that she visited India last year on August 16th. It is suspected that she might have been murdered on 4th or 5th of August. On the road that leads to Beedupalli which is behind the Sai Baba Super Speciality Hospital near Chakala Vaani Gutta her belongings – Passport, Books, Vanity bag, purse etc., were found tied together and thrown by the local cowherds on the 5th of this month which were distributed amongst themselves.

When the thrown out passport was found by a peasant, taking some villagers with him, he went to Sai Baba´s abode “Prasanthi Nilayam” and handed over the passport to the Public Relations Office. Then the news of the passport reached the police station. On the other hand, people of Beedupalli informed this reporter that some of them had seen the body while some denied it. The villagers had observed that some four persons were roaming in an Auto near Chakalavaani Gutta.

It is learnt that on 2nd and 3rd of this month, this German lady had withdrawn Rs. 100000/- from a bank. Among the things belonging to her, a visiting card of a Star Hotel in Bangalore in which the Phone Number is 5585858. The Public Relations Department of Prasanthi Nilayam stated that they have also informed about this the German embassy. It is almost confirmed that she was murdered.


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