on June 22, 2009
through the press reports
written at the time of the police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s
bedroom under hugely suspicious circumstances on June 6, 1993 is
instructive. At first, word had escaped too far and fast for the
Puttaparthi officials to slam a suppressive lid. But then
followed the monstrous machinery of cover up. For the Anantapur
District Journalists’ Union (ADJU) unanswered questions, see:
Press Council of India Long Silent
On Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom Killings
Sathya Sai Baba was known to be
in charge of situations in the hours before the intruders were
slain. Robert Priddy’s accounts of
his (and my) friend V.K.
Narasimhan’s private depictions to him are very
disturbing – they detail some of the processes – such as a
remark to Sai Baba’s brother
Jankiramaiah (also known as Janakira Ramiah, Janakiram,
Janakiramaiah and Janaki), made within VKN’s hearing, of the
then Home Minister, S. B.
Chavan, a Sathya Sai Baba devotee, who had come poste
haste to Puttaparthi, about
“dead men tell no tales”.