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Police raid Asaram ashram,detain 150 followers for rioting

A day after arresting 236 supporters of Asaram Bapu on charges of attempt to murder,conspiracy and rioting in connection with violence in Gandhinagar on Thursday...

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
November 28, 2009 2:41:39 am

A day after arresting 236 supporters of Asaram Bapu on charges of attempt to murder,conspiracy and rioting in connection with violence in Gandhinagar on Thursday,the police today detained another 150 followers of the religious leader from his ashram at Motera.

Senior police officers said the detainees,which include some prominent people,are being questioned for their alleged role in the Thursday’s rioting case. If found guilty,they might be booked for attempt to murder and rioting,they added.

“These people were detained from the ashram during a search and combing operation on Friday morning. At present,they are being questioned. If found guilty,they will also be booked for attempt to murder and rioting,” said A K Sharma,Inspector General,Gandhinagar Range.

On the second day of investigations,about 200 policemen from Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad raided the ashram premises and detained the followers.

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Twenty-seven people,including Gandhinagar SP Piyush Patel,DySP KC Chudasm and 18 other police personnel,were injured when hundreds of Asaram followers started pelting stones on the police team.

The incident was a fallout of the police preventing them from entering the district collector’s office in Gandhinagar,where the accused reportedly wanted to submit a memorandum.

The police had to lob several teargas shells to disperse the mob.

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