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Murder of witness in Asaram case: Crime Branch gets vital leads

Kripal Singh, a witness in the rape case against Asaram, was shot at in Shahjahanpur on July 10 and died a day later.

A police team from Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh has gone to Ahmedabad seeking information in the murder of Kripal Singh from a husband-wife duo arrested from Bengalaru for their alleged role in attacks on witnesses in rape cases against self-styled “godman” Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai.

Kripal Singh, a witness in the rape case against Asaram, was shot at in Shahjahanpur on July 10 and died a day later. In his dying declaration, Kripal had named three persons for conspiring attack on him. Shahjahanpur SSP Babloo Kumar said a police team led by a sub-inspector left for Ahemdabad on Tuesday. “We do not have any information if the couple (core “sadhaks” of Asaram) has disclosed anything about Kripal Singh’s murder so far,” the official said.

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The couple, Vasavraj alias Vasu and Sejal Mahesh Prajapati, were arrested Monday and brought to Gandhinagar where a court sent them in police remand till September 24. Ahmedabad police had claimed that Vasu confessed to conspiring attacks on the complainants in Asaram’s and Sai’s cases in Ahmedabad and Surat, respectively.

On July 25, Shahjahanpur police had arrested Narendra Pandey alias Puspendra Pandey, a follower of Asaram, from the town for allegedly planning the Kripal’s murder. Police mentioned his permanent address as Asaram’s ashram in Jodhpur.

The husband-wife duo, who were arrested earlier this week, have reportedly revealed that a group of Asaram followers is involved in the attacks, including murder of two witnesses.

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Vasu and his wife Sejal have told the Crime Branch that two persons, followers of Asaram — Ankit and Kartik — are the persons who shot at Amrut Prajapati, a crucial witness and former aide of the “godman”, in Rajkot in May 2014. Prajapati succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.