Puttaparthi (AP): Followers of Sathya Sai
Baba on Saturday took out a rally here protesting the alleged
mishandling of funds of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and
other controversies involving some of its members.
Traders in Puttaparthi also shut down their shops and
gathered at the Hanuman Temple Circle to take part in the
protests, police said.
Later, the protesters took out a rally from Hanuman
Temple Circle to Mandal Revenue Office (MRO) where they
submitted a memorandum demanding intervention of the
government, they said.
The protesters were carrying placards and demanded
abolishment of the Sathya Sai Central Trust board and
appointment of a special officer on the lines of Titrumala
Tirupati Devesthanam (TTD) to look after the activities of
the Trust, police said.
The rally was peaceful and about 100 traders and
followers participated in it, they said.
A day after disclosure of assets by the Trust members,
police seized Rs 35 lakh cash allegedly belonging to Sri
Sathya Sai Trust while being transported in a four-wheeler at
Kodikonda check-post under Chilamanthur police station limits
in Anantapur district on July 18. Two trust members have been
called by police for questioning in connection with the case.
Earlier on July 17, the trust members opened Yajur
Mandir, private chamber of late Sathya Sai Baba, and it was
disclosed that it contained 98 kg of gold, 307 kg of silver,
apart from Rs 11.56 crore.