Prashanthi Nilayam Murders 1993 in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom – sources

Links to some of the many articles about the notorious 1993 Prashanthi Nilayam murders issue:-

1) Overview of the murders if Sai Baba’s bedroom and how Robert Priddy came to learn of the blackmail by Sai officials behind the police executions of four intruder devotees from V.K. Narasimhan
(Scanned record of notes on V.K.Narasimhan’a confidences about the murders)  PART TWO Recorded notes in situ of conversations with V.K.N. where he revealed covered-up facts about the six murders in Sai Baba’s temple complex

2) More concerning the 1993 murders in the Prashanthi Nilayam Temple complex

3) How I came to learn of the blackmail by Sai officials behind the police executions of four intruder devotees from V.K. Narasimhan

4) Interview on BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ with V.P.B. Nair, former home minister of Andhra Pradesh during the 1993 murders

5) Excerpts from Indian newspaper reports on the murders in Sai Baba’s vicinity and the cover-up

6) Review of the cover-up and what cannot be denied

7) IAS official V. Ramnath’s reported account of Vijay Prabhu and the murder attempt here

8 ) Prabhu’s involvement reported from an IAS source

9) Murder coverage in ‘The Week’ (India) with explanatory diagram/drawing

10) Conny Larsson’s recall of his learning in Puttaparthi about the 1993 murders

11) Murder of Swiss-German lady in her Prashanthi Nilayam apartment as used by Sai Baba coterie to blackmail police in 1993 to murder four intruders in SB’s bedroom

12) Writ petition to the High Court – Andhra Pradesh for investigation of the murders

13) Additional evidence from an independent source

14) Have your say at the Public Petition for Official Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide Organization (over 1500 persons have signed this petition so far)


Premanand's main exposure work

Premanand's main exposure work

Articles by the India Skeptic and rationalist Association of India’s chief investigator of the 1993 murders episode, Basava Premanand who was burgled, and attacked as a result,
see the BBC interview with him here
Key points on the murders summarized – by B. PremanandMurders issue – a defamatory critic rebutted 

Further rebuttals about the murders

Conclusive rebuttal about the murders

Conclusive final rebuttal on the murders

More on the 1993 murders episode, cover-up and follow-up:-

Sai Baba on the morning after the murders near him

Video Resources: –
The Secret Swami‘ showcased with selected transcripts and brief video clips

‘Seduced’ (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster): (80 MB, Broadband) (21 MB, Modem)

More about the 1993 murders

Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom Murders – Part 2
Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom Murders – Part 3

Sathya Sai Bedroom Murders – Part 4

Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom Murders – Part 5

How were the infamous murders covered-up?
Murders in the Prashanthi temple – reflections 1
Murders in the Prashanthi temple – reflections 2

See also notes recording V.K. Narasimhan conversations in the 1990s at the ashrams here and here

Further, see the unofficial reports by an IAS officer, V.Ramnath.

See also here
and Condensed version of the ‘The Secret Swami’, BBC documentary

From the BBC’s documentary on Sathya Sai Baba – ‘The Secret Swami’ on the infamous 1993 murders in his bedroom:-

Tanya Datta: Sex abuse is not the only controversy tainting the God man’s reputation. On a June night back in nineteen ninety-three, four devotees broke into Sai Babas quarters. They were armed with knives. Their motives are unclear. All four were close to Sai Baba. Some say they wanted to warn him about corruption in the Ashram. Others claim their intention was to kidnap or even kill Sai Baba. As they approached they were stopped by four of Sai Baba’s attendants.

Mr. V. P. Nair, former Home Secretary of the Andhra Pradesh government

Mr. V. P. Nair, former Home Secretary of the Andhra Pradesh government

In the struggle that followed two of his attendants were killed and the other two badly injured. Hearing the commotion Sai Baba escaped through a back stairway and raised the alarm. Heavily armed police arrived on the scene.

Transcript of the BBC’s interview with V.P.B. Nair, Home Secretary of Andhra Pradesh in 1993 at the time of the murders in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom, whose position gave him insight into the entire known case:-

VPB Nair: So these boys, they ran and locked themselves up in a room. And then in the whole, all around a lot of pandemonium and people gathered so the boys were shivering like rats in that small hole.
Tanya Datta: The four men barricaded themselves into Sai Baba’s bedroom. There was a stand-off with the police. Then the order was given to go in. What happened next is hotly disputed. The official version seemed clear.
VPB Nair: These four boys charged towards the police with the knives and started stabbing the inspector and other personnel. Because they were attacked they opened fire.
Tanya Datta: In self-defence?
VPB Nair:In self-defence. They opened fire and killed all the four boys. This the police story.
Tanya Datta: Velayudhan Nair rejects the police version of events. He should know. Until two thousand and two he was Home Secretary of Andhra Pradesh and in charge of the state police. On coming to office he examined the files and found that the original police report was riddled with lies and inconsistencies. This was later exposed by a CID investigation.
VPB Nair: Two or three daggers cannot be a match to roaring guns. So this story of the police being attacked and the police shooting in self-defence is totally baseless.
Tanya Datta: So are you suggesting that the police executed the boys that night?
VPB Nair: In absolute… this is absolute cold-blooded murder.

Tanya Datta: Some police officers were arrested but never charged. The case was eventually dropped. Sai Baba has always had a close relationship with the police. Even today, senior officers are special guests at the Ashram. With friends in such high places Sai Baba seems to be untouchable. Any attempt to investigate the goings-on at his Ashram even, murder, appear doomed to failure. Critics say police connections ensured that Sai Baba wasn’t even interviewed, despite being one of the witnesses to the events of that night.

Transcript of interview with Basava Premanand – Rationalist & Author:
Basava Premanand: The only person who was a witness to the murders of mysterious deaths, that was Sai Baba and he was not examined as, for evidence at all and those students also who were there, two or three students they were not examined at all.
Tanya Datta: Why do you think that the nineteen ninety-three murders weren’t properly investigated?
Basava Premanand: The central government stopped the investigation because if the investigation takes place, a lot of things will come out. One thing. Economic offences, sex offences, all these things will come out.
Tanya Datta: Shocked at what he considers a travesty of justice, the former Home Secretary is now seeking to reopen the case.
VPB Nair The killing of the boys was only to buy silence. If the boys are taken to the court of law, if they were arrested and taken to the court of law, they would have stated several things including why did they want to meet Baba. (See also The Sathya Sai Baba bedroom Murders)

Further resources on the BBC documentary are found here:-

BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?
Guru Sex Abuse Testimony To BBC – After Years of Silence

Indian Minister Shields Sai Baba on BBC television

Probed On Male Sex Abuse, Sai Baba Evicts BBC TV Team
Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List


The Puttaparti Police expansion and Sai Baba

The Puttaparti Police expansion and Sai Baba – cont.

Senior Ex-CID officer J.V. Ram on Sai sex scandals – part 1

Senior Ex-CID officer J.V. Ram on Sai sex scandals – part 2

Senior Ex-CID officer J.V. Ram on Sai sex scandals – part 3

Senior Ex-CID officer J.V. Ram on Sathya Sai Baba – part 4

Senior Ex-CID officer J.V. Ram on Sathya Sai Baba – part 1

Senior Ex-CID officer J.V. Ram on Sathya Sai Baba – part 2

Senior Ex-CID officer J.V. Ram on Sathya Sai Baba – part 3

The ‘Abode of Peace’ ashram- the murder victims

Police expert on security at Prashanthi Nilayam

Sunday at Prashanthi Nilayam – part 1

Sunday at Prashanthi Nilayam – part 2

Sunday at Prashanthi Nilayam – part 3

Sunday at Prashanthi Nilayam – part 4

Massacre at Prasanthi Nilayam ashram, 1993

Massacre at Prasanthi Nilayam ashram, 1993 cont.

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