The role of tainted godman Asaram Bapu in the murders of three witnesses in the rape case against him and his son has come under the scanner of the Ahmedabad police.
Police sources said that suspicion of the 74-year-old spiritual leader’s involvement in the crime has arisen as Karthik Haldar – arrested by the Gujarat ATS in connection with the killings – had visited him at a Jodhpur jail.
“Haldar had met Asaram between 2014 and 2015, the period during which he committed the murder”, said an officer with the Ahmedabad crime branch.
Asaram and his son Narayan Sai are lodged in separate jails in Rajasthan and Gujarat, facing cases of rape and intimidation in Ahmedabad, Surat in Gujarat, and in Jodhpur (Rajasthan).
Haldar, an amateur shooter, is accused of eliminating three witnesses in these cases. He had also attempted to kill four others, allegedly at the behest of Asaram, sources said.
The shooter is a follower of Asaram. Haldar, who has no arms training, had attended a few discourses by Asaram before joining one of his ashrams.
He is suspected of shooting Amrut Prajapati, a former aide of Asaram and a key witness, at his Rajkot clinic, in June 2014. Kripal Singh, another witness, was attacked in June 2015 in Uttar Pradesh.