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Sathya Sai Baba very critical, Puttaparthi placed ‘under siege’

Sheikh Imran Bashir
Agence India Press

Puttaparthi: The health condition of spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba is tuned very critical on Thursday after some organs stopped responding to treatment, doctors attending on him said today.

As per the latest medical bulletin issued by the Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital in Puttaparthi in Anantpur district at 8 am today, where he is undergoing treatment, Baba’s liver has stopped functioning and his blood pressure is very low. He continues to be on ventilation.

There are reports that a team of specialists, armed with sophisticated equipment, is rushing in from USA.

The 86-year-old Sathya Sai Baba was hospitalised on March 28 following problems related to heart and respiration.

Anxious devotees are rushing to the hospital praying for his miracle. Since last evening, when the news of Baba’s deteriorating health first came in, prayer meetings are being held across the town.

The state government, which has been keeping a close watch on the situation, has now, in view of Baba’s sinking health, put Puttaparthi and Anantapur district on a high-alert and thrown a four-level security blanket around his Ashram Prashanti Nilayam.

Apart from the security scenario, the government also fears an ugly succession battle to control the Sai Trust that oversees a vast empire of hospitals, schools and temples. As per reports, two important members of the Trust — former chief justice of India PN Bhagwati and Indulal Shah – were rushing to Puttaparthi.

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh Police has deployed additional forces here to maintain law and order.
Hundreds of policemen drawn from different parts of Anantapur and other districts in Rayalaseema region and other regions of Andhra Pradesh have been rushed to the town as the authorities began taking steps to tackle any contingency.

An uneasy calm prevails in this town of 25,000 people as shopkeepers downed the shutters while schools and colleges remained closed.
The news of Sathya Sai Baba’s deteriorating condition has caused concern to his devotees in India and abroad who see him as the incarnation of god.

Police have imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Indian Penal Code, banning assembly of five or more persons in the town.

The forces have also taken control of the Sathya Sai Super Specialty Hospital at Prashanti Gram village on the outskirts of the town. All the roads leading towards the hospital have been sealed. (AIP)
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