Gujarat Police team raids Asaram ashram in Jaipur
A Gujarat Police team carried out a raid at the ashram of controversial spiritual guru Asaram Bapu here in connection with a sexual assault case registered against him and his son Narayan Sai in their state, informed sources said.
The Gujarat Police team raided the ashram to recover a laptop and some other items belonging to Mohit Bhojwani, a close associate of Narayan Sai, the sources said.
Bhojwani, who is the accountant of Asaram's Jaipur ashram, was arrested by Surat police Saturday, a Jaipur police officer told IANS.
Asaram, who was arrested by Rajasthan Police last month for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at his ashram near Jodhpur, was taken to Gujarat earlier this week where the case was filed against him in Surat.
Narayan Sai is allegedly on the run.
"A Gujarat Police team had arrived at Asaram's ashram in Kardhani area in Jaipur today (Thursday). They were looking for a laptop and some other things belonging to ashram's accountant Mohit Bhojwani," the police officer said.
The Jaipur police provided security and other logistics to the Gujarat Police team.
The team also went to Bhojwani's residence and conducted a search.
He had allegedly circulated mobile messages instigating Asaram's followers to carry out violent protests.
"Gujarat Police believe that Bhojwani is an important person to reach Sai who is on the run since the rape complaint was lodged against him and his father Oct 6. He was with Sai in Jaipur till the day when the complaint was lodged," said the officer.
(Posted on 17-10-2013)