Pat HalleyHurler of Pie at Guru Is Beaten

Notes on People

The plot involving the reporter who hit the guru in the face with a cream pie seemed to be thickening in Detroit. The pie was thrown last week at City Hall by Pat Halley, who works for an underground paper, The Fifth Estate.

At the time, the smeared guru, Maharaj Ji, declined to take action against the reporter. Now, it is reported that Mr. Halley was later beaten on the head by unnamed persons, and hospitalized.

Followers of the guru say the assailants were two of the guru's own disciples, and that the nonviolent followers have captured these disciples and are holding them for the police. The police said no arrests had been made in the case.

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Originally published August 17, 1973