PUTTAPARTHI: As police intensified probe into the seizure of Rs.35 lakh from a car allegedly linked to the Sathya Sai trust, traders in this bustling pilgrim town in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district Saturday observed a shutdown to protest suspected irregularities committed by the trust members.
Shops and business establishments were voluntarily closed in the town as dozens of traders, holding placards and shouting slogans, took out a rally, demanding the state government take over the Sathya Sai Central Trust in view of the serious charges of financial misappropriation against its members.
Anger is sweeping the business community in the town over the reported acts of omission and commission by the trust.
Trust member and late Sathya Sai Baba's nephew R.J. Ratnakar is to appear before police later in the day while another member, V. Srinivasan, is likely to be quizzed Monday.
The police issued notices to two of the trust members after three people arrested with Rs.35.5 lakh on July 19 revealed they were transporting the cash from Puttaparthi to Bangalore on the instruction of the trust members.