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Airports asked to watch out for Asaram Bapu: Jodhpur police

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Jodhpur, August 27, 2013
First Published: 18:16 IST(27/8/2013) | Last Updated: 20:21 IST(27/8/2013)

The Jodhpur Police on Tuesday issued a lookout notice against Asaram Bapu, alerting all major airports so that he could not flee the country.    


           
Bapu has been booked by Jodhpur police for allegedly forcing a minor girl into oral sex and has been asked to appear for questioning by August 30.

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“We have asked all the officials concerned at all the airports of the country to keep a strict lookout for the godman,” Ajay Pal Lamba, deputy commissioner of police told reporters.

Bapu received the summons personally at his Indore ashram and assured of his cooperation in the investigation. 

“A two member team led by a sub-inspector has handed him over the summons this afternoon at around 2.00pm,” Lamba said, adding that initially staff and caretakers at Indore ashram were not ready to cooperate while saying that Bapu is in meditation and he will not meet anybody today, but later the team waiting for him since 6am managed to him.

The summons was delivered to a caretaker in Bapu’s ashram in Ahmedabad on Monday.

The police also summoned for questioning Shilpi, warden of the Girls Hostel at Chhindwara, who allegedly sent the girl to Jodhpur, and a caretaker, Shiva, who was present in Manai ashram in Jodhpur at the time of alleged sexual assault.

Lamba said the police teams dispatched to Delhi and Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh are collecting more evidences in the case while another team, which questioned the warden and two others in Chhindwara, left for Jodhpur on Tuesday.

Bapu has been booked for sexual offence under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) the Juvenile Justice Act.


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