Satya Saibaba's brother passes away
By Our Staff Reporter
According to the information reaching here, his body was kept in the hospital till 2 pm and was later shifter to his home in Puttaparthi to allow the public to pay homage. Thousands of people from surrounding areas including his friends paid homage to Janaki Ramaiah.
It is learnt that Saibaba had called Janaki Ramaiah's son, Ratnakar Raju, to his room in Prashanti Nilayam and spoke to him for an hour after the death of his younger brother. The Minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, N. Kistappa, and the former Minister, A. Veerappa, were among the first to pay tributes to Janaki Ramaiah after visiting the body.
As a key member of the Satya Sai Central Trust, which governs all the institutions set up by Satya Saibaba across the world, Janaki Ramaiah played an important role in all the development programmes and works taken by the trust. He was like a bridge between the local people and the Prashanti Nilayam.
Janaki Ramaiah always dreamt of formation of a separate district in the name of Satya Sai with Puttaparthi as its headquarters. At various fora, he had demanded the separate district out of backward areas like Gorantla, Nallamada and Kadiri from the present setup of Anantapur district.
The body of Janaki Ramaiah was buried in the evening on the banks of the Chitravati river. He is survived by a son and three daughters.
Among those who paid tributes to the departed soul were the secretary of the trust, Chakravarthy, the Vice-Chancellor of Satya Sai Institute of High Learning, S.V. Giri, and the Congress leaders P. Venugopal Reddy and A. Venkatarami Reddy.
CM Condoles death
ANANTAPUR: R V Janakiramaiah, younger brother of Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba, died at the superspecialities hospital at Puttaparthi on Friday. He was 74.
Janakiramaiah was suffering from a lung infection for the past few days. He is survived by wife, son and three daughters.
Janakiramaiah had undergone an angioplasty following a mild heart attack at the same hospital last month.
On hearing of the news of the demise of his brother, Sri Satya Sai Baba summoned Janakiramaiah's son Ratnakar Raju to Prashanti Nilayam and consoled him.
Janakiramaiah, a member of the Sri Satya Sai Central Trust, was instrumental in implementing developmental activities taken up by Sai Baba.
Animal Husbandry Minister N Kistappa, several political leaders and officials attended the funeral held later in the day.