Asaram tracked down, arrest likely

Last Updated: Sat, Aug 31, 2013 11:08 hrs

Indore: Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who remained untraceable after the Rajasthan Police said they will grill him in a sexual assault case, was on Saturday tracked down at his Indore ashram in Madhya Pradesh.

Senior officials of the Rajasthan Police on Saturday afternoon entered the asram premises amid chaos and protests by Asaram's supporters.

According to reports, Asaram is likely to be arrested and be taken to Jodhpur in Rajasthan by road for questioning in connection to the case.

The self-styled godman was summoned by Rajasthan Police for questioning in connection with a case of alleged sexual assault but he did not appear before them yesterday when the deadline expired.

In view of the presence of large number of his supporters at his ashram in Indore, police have deployed their personnel near the premises.

"In view of a large number of Asaram supporters gathering in the ashram, adequate police force has been deployed around it. Senior officials are keeping an eye over the situation," Bhanwarkuan Police Station In-charge Ashok Tiwari told reporters.

The 72-year-old religious preacher has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old schoolgirl, who was an inmate of his ashram in Jodhpur.

After leaving Bhopal yesterday, Asaram, along with his son Narayan Sai, was reportedly spotted in a sport utility vehicle at the Dewas Toll Naka near here.

Earlier in the day, supporters of Asaram Bapu allegedly attacked a TV reporter and a cameraman at his Jodhpur ashram, leaving them injured.

"We came here for coverage on information that Asaram's supporter were arriving from different places. As we reached, some of his followers targeted us and snatched our camera. The locals came to our rescue," the TV reporter alleged.

Police have detained six persons in connection with the attack.

"We have identified and detained six persons from the Ashram. Other involved in the attack are also being rounded up," the police said.

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