In the seventh attack on a witness in the Surat rape case against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, a 35-year-old was injured in a shooting in Sadar Bazaar police station area in Shahjahanpur on Friday.
Kripal Singh was on his way home on a motorcycle when another motorcycle approached from behind and the pillion rider opened fire before fleeing the spot, police said.
Police rushed Singh to a district hospital, from where he was referred to Bareilly.
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Station House Officer, Sadar Bazaar police station, J P Tiwari said that the attack took place at 8 pm. A bullet hit Singh in the spine and got stuck there.
Singh, who works as an LIC agent, has a six-year-old son.
Singh’s family confirmed that he is a witness in a case against Asaram, Shahjahanpur Superintendent of Police Babloo Kumar said. His statement has been recorded, Kumar said.
When contacted, the father of the girl who had accused Asaram of raping her at his ashram in Jodhpur in August 2013, claimed that Singh is a key witness in the case. His statement in the case had been recorded about three months ago, he said. The girl’s father also claimed Singh had told him that he was receiving threats from unidentified people.
Asaram and his son, accused of sexual assault by two sisters from Surat, were sent to jail in December 2013.