The former caretaker of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu's shelter home here was arrested on Thursday for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to implicate Asaram in the alleged death of three minor inmates at the shelter.
"We have arrested Bhola Nath," Jammu senior superintendent of police (SSP) Atul Kumar Goel said, adding that Nath was being interrogated.
On October 17, police had booked Nath, a resident of Jaipur in Rajasthan, for allegedly conspiring to implicate Asaram by claiming that the three children were buried in the shelter at Bhagwati Nagar here after being murdered.
Last month, a social activist, Dr Raj Kumar, had filed a criminal complaint in a court, saying that the three children were murdered and buried inside Asaram's ashram. He had referred to a statement given by Bhola to a TV channel.
The court had then directed the police to register a case and start investigations.
During the probe, police had picked up a youth, Vikrant Sharma, who claimed that Bhola had telephoned and asked him to get some human skeletons and bury them inside the ashram so that he could tell the police that the three children were buried inside the ashram after being murdered, police said.
Vikrant had produced before the court a CD of the phone conversation with Bhola Nath in this regard, they said. Following court orders, police had lodged an FIR of criminal conspiracy against Nath, they said. Asaram was arrested in August this in a case of sexual assault.