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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

Asaram's son admits taking shelter in Ludhiana

Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, December 16, 2013
First Published: 19:32 IST(16/12/2013) | Last Updated: 19:40 IST(16/12/2013)

The Gujarat Police brought Narayan Sai, a rape accused and son of self-styled godman Asaram, here as part of their investigation and to identify the places where he had taken shelter to evade arrest. Sai told the police that he had spend two nights and one day in a cow shelter at Harnampura near Alamgir village and stayed in an ashram in the Sahnewal area for a few days.

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Local police personnel were deployed as Sai's supporters gathered in the ashram to have his glimpse. They showered flowers on the bus in which he was brought here and carried placards claiming that Sai was "innocent" and "a victim of politics".

About 35 personnel of the Gujarat Police, led by assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Mukesh Goyal, arrived here by road in different vehicles, including the bus carrying Sai.

Asaram's son reached the ashram around 2.30 pm. The media and his supporters, who had prior information about the visit, arrived there in the morning and waited for him.

The crime branch of the Delhi Police had arrested the accused from Pipli (Haryana) on December 3 after following him from Ludhiana.

In October, a journalist had gone to Sai's ashram to find out whether he was there, but Asaram's supporters had manhandled the former and snatched his car key. The Ludhiana police have not taken any action in this case.

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