Bangalore: Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had a close shave on Sunday evening when an unidentified gunman opened fire at his ashram in Kanakapura Road in Bangalore, just a few minutes after he had left the area, according to his Art of Living organisation.
A disciple of the spiritual guru sustained minor injuries in the leg but was later discharged from hospital.
A forensic team and sniffer dogs have visited the site. Police claim that the security arrangements were adequate at the ashram.
But the attempt on Sri Sri’s life has also raised many questions:
1) Sri Sri and his staff claim that incident took place around 6 PM, but they made it public only after 9 PM. Why?
2) Except his close circle nobody saw or heard the gunshot. The bullet that was fired was from a .32 bore revolver. All licensed revolver owners can use it. So has the terror angle been ruled out?
3) Why was only one shot fired?
Inspector general of Police, Central Range, Kamal Pant claimed that firing happened five minutes after Sri Sri left his ashram.
“The incident took place five minutes after Guruji left the ashram. Investigations are on. We were informed at 9:30 PM,” said Pant.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar spoke to his devotees and the media on Monday, saying he wasn’t entirely surprised by the attack because his driver had a vision a few days earlier.
Speaking to CNN-IBN Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reassured his devotees that he is fine. Investigations say a .32 revolver was used in the attack.
Ravi Shankar said those who want to spread terror might have been behind the attack
“Those resorting to terror should come to the ashram and attend satsangs. It will reform them,” he said.