MAN ASSAULTED OUTSIDE THE SAI BABA TEMPLE @ SHIRDI
04th Feb`2011 Late night around 10:00 pm on Thursday 03rd Feb`2011, just outside the VIP Entrance (Gate No.1) of the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, a man from Malegaon was assaulted with knives by five unidentified assailants who had come in a rickshaw. The cause for this lethal attack is not yet known but the cops suspect the victim to be a member of some criminal gang and so was attacked by his rivals, due to some enmity in-between them. But in-spite of a few police-men on duty at the Temple Gate, the assailants managed to flee from the scene. This incident resulted in a chaos amongst the devotees, who had queued up there for the morning Kakad Aarti, as they ran hither thither from the scene in fear, confused as to what had happened. The Canteen of the Shirdi Sansthan was too shut down for 3 hours following this incident. The victim, in a critical state & covered all over with blood was then immediately admitted to the Shirdi Sai Sansthan's hospital. The police arrived at the scene to make further investigations to ascertain the identity & the motive of the assailants. While the Shirdi Sai Sansthan said that this was indeed a very sad & tragic incident. It has to be noted that apart from Shirdi's local police, the Central Government, owing to the terror threats looming over the Sai Temple, had provided a force of 100 police-men only for the Sai Temples Outer Security. And now, this incident has raised many a questions & doubts on the Security of the Temple and the safety of the lakhs of devotees who come to Shirdi for Baba's Darshan.