Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-08-18 18:03 Udupi: Was tantriks’ professional rivalry between two tantriks behind Bhaskar Shetty’s murder? Yes, say sources in police. Niranjan Bhat Asrana, the astrologer cum priest, who said to have performed tantric rituals on the body of Bhaskar Shetty, had rivalry with another tantric, sources said. Niranjan, who joined forces with Rajeshwari Shetty and her son Navaneeth to kill her businessman-husband Bhaskar Shetty, is now under judicial custody. A letter posted in social media by Niranjan Bhat is now with the procession of Bfirst.in explains the rivalry between the two tantriks. It is said that Niranjan Bhat, who claimed to have learnt tantra techniques from Atharvana Veda, had a raging rivalry with another tantric, who is well connected in political and bureaucrat circle. The tantrik named Swamy was earlier with friends with Niranjan Bhat. But Niranjan’s ‘professional’ growth roused his jealousy, police said. A month ago, Niranjan Bhat wrote a letter and posted in the social media targeting the another tantrik for latter's revenge against him. In the open letter, he says, “Oh great person, Oh important person of Brahmin Community… You have decided to finish me by using mantravada (tantrik kriyas). You have taken a oath to finish me. You have taken great effort to use negative publicity to finish me. You have taken steps to defame my image, character. But it won’t serve your purpose and nothing will happen to me. Nobody will believe your baseless allegations. Do whatever you want to do...”. “In the name of vaidika culture, you have done many unwanted things, rapes etc, and I have all audio and video proofs of yours with me. You are not a person who always speak about me behind my back. You are a hijra. You won’t digest anybody's growth and you are a mentally disturbed person,” Niranjan rages in his post. Police are verifying the facts and interrogated him about the open letter written by him. Police may question the other tantrik whenever the investigation points to it. At the same time, the police are trying to link the letter, and the war of words and Bhaskar Shetty murder. The exact wordings in the letter can be seen attached here.