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People For Animals Group Charged With Desecrating Ashram

on 2001/3/19 8:49:02 ( 1426 reads )


LUDHIANA, INDIA, March 18, 2001: Resentment prevails among hundreds of devotees of Baba Kirti Giri against People For Animals (PFA, which is not the same organization as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA) for entering the ashram with shoes on and later taking away a couple of cheetah skins, including one used by the Baba for meditation, with the help of the police. Following intervention by local leaders, the skins, which the Baba said had been given to him by a devotee 32 years ago, have been returned to the ashram, but the devotees feel the PFA exceeded its limits in entering a religious place in search of animal skins. Sandeep Jain, president of PFA, could not be reached in spite of several attempts to do so. Meanwhile, PFA refuted the communal charges levelled against them by Kirthi Giri. Ajay Jain, general secretary, PFA, said that the officials had gone bare foot and visited the shrine just to seize the tiger skin which Kirti Giri had been using as a cushion.

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