Gadkari calls for adequate security for Sri Sri

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari Monday urged Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to provide adequate security cover to Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar and said he was ‘deeply disturbed’ by the shooting incident in his ashram.

In a letter to Yeddyurappa, Gadkari said: ‘The shocking incident of firing by an unidentified gunman at the convoy of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar-ji in Bangalore… has deeply disturbed me.’

He also urged the central government to provide adequate security cover to the spiritual guru, who has millions of followers in the country and abroad.

A gunman allegedly opened fire inside the ashram, on the outskirts of Bangalore, as the guru left after delivering a discourse Sunday evening. He was in the car when the shot was fired.

‘I strongly condemn this cowardly act on the part of unscrupulous elements,’ the BJP chief wrote, adding: ‘I am confident your government will book the culprits at the earliest. I have heaved a sigh of relief that the Art of Living Guru escaped unhurt… His safety and well-being is paramount. We should not spare any effort in ensuring his security.’