Security up in Jodhpur ahead of Asaram verdict
Jodhpur trial court to deliver verdict from inside jail premises on Wednesday fearing violence by the self-proclaimed godman’s followers.jaipur Updated: Apr 25, 2018 09:16 IST
Security was heightened in Jodhpur on Monday ahead of a verdict scheduled for Wednesday against self-proclaimed godman Asaram Bapu in a rape case.
On April 17, the Rajasthan high court ordered a Jodhpur trial court to deliver its verdict inside the jail premises.
Speaking to IANS, Jodhpur police commissioner Ashok Rathore said section 144 had been enforced in the city.
“We are glad the court accepted our request to deliver the judgement from inside the jail premises,” he added.
Police are also seeking support from neighbouring states following reports that Asaram’s followers plan to arrive in Jodhpur on or before the verdict. Paramilitary forces will be deployed if required, he said.
Asaram was arrested in 2013 after a minor girl from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh had reported sexual assault by him in his ashram on the outskirts of Jodhpur.
Thereafter, he was then brought from Indore and jailed in Jodhpur central jail. Several clashes have been reported between police and his followers since then. Asaram can face a maximum of 10 years in jail if found guilty.