Sri Sri Ravi Shankar receives threat from Tehreek-e-Taliban, MHA reviews security

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Renowned spiritual guru and the Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is facing major threat from the Pakistan-based Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP).

The TTP has issued two letters to the Art of Living centre in which the terrorist outfit has warned of a blast targeting Ravi Shankar and his followers.

The United States Department of State has informed the Art of Living Foundation, founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, of threats from extremist organizations like the Tehreek-e-Taliban.

The organisation’s spokesperson Nakul Dhawan had said the content of the letter read that if they go ahead with the programme there would be consequences.

An Art of Living centre located on the outskirts of the Pakistan’s capital Islamabad was set afire allegedly by the Taliban last year.

In view of the threat, the Home Ministry has directed the authorities to review security of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and asked the intelligence agencies to verify the letters purportedly sent by the TTP.

Sri Sri, as the spiritual guru is commonly known, had visited Pakistan in 2012 and inaugurated the centre for his Art of Living movement. He had also offered to hold talks with the Taliban to usher in peace in the region, saying it would help foster understanding among people with divergent views.

In March this year, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar received death threats from the terror group ISIS while he was touring in Malaysia.