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Self-styled godman Asaram’s son Narayan Sai arrested near Delhi-Haryana border

Self-styled godman Asaram's son Narayan Sai arrested in Surat rape case.

Written by Kamal Saiyed | New Delhi |
Updated: February 6, 2014 3:42:25 pm

After days of hiding from the police,self-styled controversial godman Asaram’s son Narayan Sai was finally arrested on Wednesday morning. Narayan Sai,who is an accused in the Surat rape case,was arrested from Delhi-Haryana border by Crime Branch of Delhi Police.

Four others were picked up with him,who have been identified as his bodyguard Kaushalkumar Thakur,alias Hanuman,Bhavika care taker of the Asaram Ashram at Motera in Ahmedabad and his drivers Ramesh and Vishnu. Sai was dressed in sports wear with a turban on his head and sport shoes.

Surat police commissioner Rakesh Asthaana giving credit to the Delhi crime branch,said that the Delhi crime branch sleuths received information that Narayan Sai was hiding in a  gaushala somewhere in Ludhiyana in Punjab. The crime branch officials immediately acted on the information and reached the Gaushala,early Wednesday morning.

However,Sai got a tip off that the Delhi crime branch was behind him and would soon close in on the gaushala. Dressed in sportswear,he left the place with his four close aides. The Delhi crime branch chased Sai and finally on the Delhi -Haryana border near Pipli village in Kurukshetra,his car was intercepted by the police.

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Sai got off the car and tried running but was caught. Asthaana said,“The arrest of Sai was possible due to the continuous efforts made on basis of intelligence inputs and technical surveillance. Since last one and half month our team was in Delhi and was coordinating with Delhi police and both were working together on inputs. In four such inputs,we acted and before the police could reach,Sai managed to escape.”

Narayan Sai and others will be produced before Rohini Court on Wednesday afternoon to obtain transit remand and will be brought to Surat later in the evening.

The Crime Branch had been looking for Sai for close to two months. It had got a tip off about him being present in Pipli village near Kurukshetra. By the time the team reached there,he had left for Delhi in a sports utility vehicle (SUV).

The police team followed the SUV and was finally able to intercept the car at around 1:30 AM at a refueling station along Delhi-Haryana border.

Narayan and Hanuman were arrested after the police were able to establish their identity,the police said. Two others present in the vehicle were driver Ramesh and a juvenile.

Sai is expected be produced before a local court here in the afternoon. He may be handed over to the Gujarat police for further investigations.

In Ahmedabad,state DGP Pramod Kumar said that Sai had been absconding for more than 50 days.

He had been giving a slip to the police of several states for the last couple of months after the complaint of rape was filed by the two sisters against him and his father at the Jehangirpura police station in Surat in Gujarat.

A Gujarat police team had landed in Delhi in mid-October and had carried out several raids at Asaram’s ashrams at Rohini,Najafgarh,Jafarpur Kalan and on Ridge Road but failed to trace Sai.

Later,Dharmendra Pariyar alias Dharmesh (28),in-charge of the Ridge Road ashram,was arrested for allegedly helping Sai to flee the national capital.

(with PTI inputs)

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