Puttaparthi abuzz with activity as Sai Baba's condition....
Hyderabad: Amid reports that Satya Sai Baba was sinking further, the increasing security measures are further adding to the worst apprehensions of his followers.
Even as the latest bulletin issued by Dr A.N. Safaya, director, Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Learning in Puttaparthi, said that the vital organs of the 86-year-old Baba were responding poorly to the treatment, the administration has taken a series of measures to further bolster the security in the ashram town of Anantapur district.
Apart from mobilising more police from neighbouring districts and Hyderabad, several top police officials including additional director general of police M. Ratan and Rayalaseema Inspector General of Police Santosh Mehra have rushed to the town to supervise the arrangements.
In what is being seen as an ominous sign by the devotees of Baba, a police band from Kurnool has also reached Puttaparthy town. The officials have brought in several big screens and generators into the town from Hyderabad. Officials seems to be making arrangements to deal with a huge gathering of people.
Anantapur district collector Janardhan Reddy has also directed all the 26 tehsildaras to rush to Puttaparthy to start making arrangements for the possible arrival of a large number of VIPs from all over the country and a large number of devotees from abroad.
Police sources said that the additional security arrangements were ordered in view of the possibility of several important political leaders and other VIPs reaching the town.
"In addition to the existing arrangements, several new barricades and check posts are also being put up to regulate the flow of the people," district superintendent of Police Shahnawaz Qasim said.
In an indication of the growing anxiety of the devotees, prominent priest Siva Sai Baba from Chikbalapur in Karnataka today tried to barge into the hospital to see Sai Baba. However he was stopped by the police and taken into custody.
Siva Sai Baba, believed to be close to Sai Baba, pleaded with the authorities to allow him to see the Baba, so that he could bring his last message to the devotees. But the officials refused permission.
Some foreign devotees also tried to enter the hospital but they were also sent back by the authorities.
A large number of devotees who gathered outside the medical centre gates performed prayers there for the recovery of the Baba, who has been hospitalised since March 28.
Meanwhile Dr Safaya in his latest bulletin said that compared to yesterday there was no major change in Baba's condition and the vital organs were responding poorly to treatment.
He continues to be on ventilator and dialysis was being performed as his kidneys were not functioning. Doctors were also concerned by the low blood pressure, slowing heat beat and liver failure, he said.
Dr Ravi Raj, director, medical education of state government, who was also camping in Puttaparthy said that almost all the organs of Baba were on the artificial support. "We can not say anything about the future now," Ravi Raj said adding that if his vital organs completely stop responding to the treatment, they will make an announcement.