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Asaram quizzed by Jodhpur Police,likely to be taken for spot verification

Asaram reached the airport in Jodhpur on board an Air India flight via Delhi at about 1230 hrs.

Written by Express News Service | Jodhpur/indore |
September 1, 2013 12:50:09 am

Controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was on Sunday quizzed by police in Jodhpur after being flown from Indore where he was arrested after midnight amid high drama for allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old girl at his Jodhpur ashram.

72-year-old Asaram,who was escorted by Rajasthan police personnel led by Additional Commissioner of Police Satish Jnagid,reached the airport in Jodhpur on board an Air India flight via Delhi at about 1230 hrs.

The godman might be taken for spot verification,DCP Ajay Pal Lamba told reporters.

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Unprecedented security arrangements were made at the airport,where Asaram faced black flag protests,on the streets,outside and inside Asaram ashrams,and the Mahila

Thana (women’s police station) where the case has been lodged.

Asaram driven in luxury vehicle

Speaking on the arrest of Asaram,Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said no actor,politician or any other person was above law.

Asaram was driven to Dangaiawas police station,30 kms from the city,on the Jodhpur-Jaipur highway,sources said.

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After coming out from the airport here,Asaram moved into one of the seven luxury vehicles escorted by cops and was taken to Dangiawas instead of Mahila Thana. The convoy was followed by seven buses with armed police personnel.

The godman might be taken for spot verification,Lamba said.

Asaram was arrested by the Jodhpur Police after midnight from his ashram in Indore and escorted by a large posse police personnel to the airport,where he spent the night on a sofa in the VIP lounge.

An Air India flight carrying Asaram from Indore left at 7.50 AM for New Delhi from where he boarded another flight for Jodhpur.

The arrest was made after a team of doctors from Indore’s Medical College found him fit for questioning and travel,the sources said.

Armed with a medical report that the godman was fit to be interrogated,a team of Jodhpur Police arrested 72-year-old Asaram and whisked him in a white jeep,after waiting for nearly eight hours at the ashram.

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Asked where Asaram was taken to,Kushwah said “I have no information on that”,amidst reports that he was headed to Indore Airport to be flown to Jodhpur where an FIR was filed by a 16-year-old girl alleging she was sexually assaulted by the godman at his ashram in the Rajasthan city.

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As the vehicle carrying Asaram and Jodhpur police made its way out of the ashram in Indore,hundreds of his supporters,watched by posse of policemen,shouted slogans against the police and supporting the self-styled godman.

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Earlier in the day,Jodhpur DCP Ajay Lamba had said that his team will arrest Asaram if it is not satisfied with his defence against the allegations of sexual assault.

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Strong contingents of police personnel were deployed at the ashram even as Asaram’s supporters protested the arrival of the Jodhpur police team,after which the religious preacher to ask them to stay calm.

Cops made to wait for hours

As soon as the Jodhpur police team reached Asaram’s ashram in Indore and met its personnel,it was told that he was presiding over a congregation and that it will have to wait for some time.

TV footage showed an ambulance entering the ashram premises earlier in the evening with a report from doctors of Indore Medical College that Asaram was medically fit to be questioned.

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The move from the police for arresting and questioning came even as supporters of Asaram attacked a TV reporter and a cameraman at his Jodhpur ashram leaving them injured.

Police said 13 people,including a woman have been arrested,in connection with the attack.

(With PTI inputs)

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