Rajaram Bhat, the caretaker of Amrutadhara Goshala at Kairangala, who is on a hunger strike since April 1, was shifted to a private hospital at Deralakatte early on Sunday. Mr. Bhat and other people, including members of the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, are on the strike demanding arrest of persons who stole a cow from the goshala at Kairangala on March 29.
Raghaveshwara Bharati, the seer of the Ramachandrapura Mutt, and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat are supporting the protest. Police Commissioner T.R. Suresh visited the goshala on Saturday night and asked Mr. Bhat and others to withdraw their protest.
While Mr. Bhat refused, Mr. Suresh found that the former’s health was deteriorating. Mr. Suresh asked his personnel to shift Mr. Bhat to the private hospital in Mangaluru around 2 a.m. Earlier, activist Prakash Bhat, who was also in the hunger strike, was admitted in a hospital near Kairangala.
The protest continued at the goshala on the eight day on Sunday.