A former servant of Asaram Bapu — whose family members claimed that he was a witness in a case of sexual assault lodged against the controversial godman in Gujarat — was shot dead in Nai Mandi area of Muzaffarnagar city Sunday.
The police said Akhil Gupta (35) was returning to his residence in Geeta Enclave from his dairy around 7.45 pm when two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants shot him dead near Almaspur Chauraha. While the post mortem examination is yet to be conducted, there is a visible gunshot wound on Gupta’s back, the police said.
Nai Mandi Station Officer A K Singh said: “Gupta’s family members have said he was a witness in a case of rape lodged against Asaram in Ahmedabad. Gupta had worked as a cook for Asaram. While Gupta’s residence was in another locality, he had started to stay at a rented accommodation in Geeta Enclave keeping his security in mind.”