Attack on witnesses: Acted at Asaram’s behest, says shooter to cops

Earlier this week, the DCB had sought 10-day remand of the shooter, Kartik Haldar, who was arrested in a joint operation by DCB and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad from Chhattisgarh.

Written by Satish Jha | Ahmedabad | Published:March 27, 2016 3:50 am
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An alleged shooter involved in killing three witnesses in the rape case filed against Asaram has confessed to having fired on the witnesses on the spiritual leader’s “instruction”, the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) said while seeking the shooter’s further remand.

Earlier this week, the DCB had sought 10-day remand of the shooter, Kartik Haldar, who was arrested in a joint operation by DCB and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad from Chhattisgarh in connection with the 2009 attack on Raju Chandak, a former follower of Asaram in Ahmedabad. A metropolitan court granted four days remand, which ends on Sunday.

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Chandak has named Asaram in the FIR, alleging that he was attacked “at the behest of Asaram” for speaking against him before the Justice D K Trivedi Commission, appointed to probe the mysterious deaths of two children at Asaram’s ashram in Motera,

In the application, the DCB states, “Kartik has confessed to having fired on the complainant on the directive of Asaram. He has also confessed to having been helped by two more accused — K D Patel and Pankaj, alias Arjun Sindhi — who are yet to be arrested.”

The Indian Express had earlier reported that Kartik had also told the police that all attempts to kill people who have testified against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai in connection with alleged rape cases were made “on behalf of Asaram”.

“We have enough material on record, naming Asaram in the case,” said a police officer in DCB. Kartik, a staunch follower of Asaram, is said to have killed three witnesses and made at least four attempts to kill other witnesses.

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