Asaram case: Contract killer spills the beans

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2016 13:37 IST
Sources said Karthik told the cops that he executed the killings at the godman’s behest. (HT File Photo)

There seems to be more trouble in store for self-proclaimed godman, Asaram.

Karthik alias Raju Dulachand Haider who was nabbed by Gujarat ATS on the charge of killing three prime witnesses in Asaram case, has spilled the beans. Sources said Karthik told the cops that he executed the killings at the godman’s behest.

The aides of Asaram supplied the weapon to Karthik and arranged safe hideouts after the killing.

SSP, Muzaffarnagar, KB Singh said, “A team of Muzaffarnagar police visited Ahmedabad to interrogate Karthik and he provided some important clues regarding the murder of eye witness Akhil Gupta. The police are working on the leads.”

Karthik told the cops that Neeraj, an employee in the Nandgaon ashram of Asaram and three other aides of the godman, including Tamraj, Balbir (a resident of West Bengal) and Suraj alias Ankit (a resident of Sitapur) accompanied him for Akhil’s murder.

“I rented a room near Akhil’s shop to monitor his activities and after the murder we took shelter in Nandgaon ashram,” he said.

The Shahjhanpur police will also grill Karthik soon. Recently, the Gujarat police arrested Karthik who killed three key witnesses in Asaram case.

Two witnesses Kripal Singh and Akhil Gupta were shot dead in Shahjhanpur and Muzaffarnagar district respectively.

A police officer said Kripal Singh, 35, was witness in the rape case against Asaram.

Two motorcycle-borne assailants shot him dead while he was on his way home in July 2015.

Singh was an employee of the transport company and his daughter had lodged an FIR against Asaram.

A cook and aide of Asaram, Akhil Gupta was shot dead near his home in Muzaffarnagar in January 2015.

Earlier, another witness Amrut Prajapati, a former aide of Asaram, was shot dead in Rajkot (Gujarat) in June, 2014.

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