Special Correspondent

They seek the transfer of Vishal and Padmanayan

GULBARGA: Religious heads of various Veerashaiva maths in Gulbarga district on Wednesday decided to join the indefinite fast, demanding the release of pending salaries of pourakarmikas. They are also seeking the transfer of Deputy Commissioner R. Vishal and Superintendent of Police B.A. Padmanayan.

Chief of the Sulpul Math Mahanta Shivacharyaru said five swamis had decided to join the protest. They are Sri Rajashekhar Shivacharyaru of the Chowdapur Hiremath, Shantaveera Murugarajendra Swami of the Khasa Math at Gurmitkal in Yadgir district, Kenchabasava Shivacharyaru of the Roza Hiremath, Shivanand Swami of the Gurubasava Math and Revanasidda Shivacharyaru of the Hagarga Hiremath.

Mahanta Shivacharyaru said he would accompany former Labour Minister S.K. Kanta to Bangalore for discussions with the Chief Minister on the issue.

He said he would also seek a clarification from the Chief Minister on his Government's stand vis-à-vis religious leaders.

Meanwhile, the fast by president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Yuva Horata Samiti and Janata Dal (S) leader Raju Kulageri entered its second day on Wednesday. While Mr. Kulageri was said to have lost some weight, four other pourakarmikas who are on fast, are said to be in serious condition. They are likely to be shifted to the government hospital.

Raju S. Kanta, son of Mr. Kanta, on Wednesday, joined the fast in protest against the lathi-charge on pourakarmikas. The Janata Dal (S) leaders, including district president Shankaranna Vonekyal, also participated.