Police raids Asaram Ashram, detains 150 followers

Last Updated: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 18:57

Ahmedabad: Police on Friday raided Asaram Ashram
at Motera here and has detained about 150 followers after
yesterday`s clash by the followers of the Asaram with the
police in Gandhinagar.

Asaram followers had yesterday clashed with police and
injured 20 policemen including the Gandhiangar Superintendent
of Police after the police had stopped their rally from
entering the premises of district collector.

Around 200 policemen today raided the ashram to find
out the culprits of yesterday`s attack on police.

"We have detained around 150 persons from the Asaram
Ashram in Motera during a search operation," Gandhinagar
Superintendent of Police Piyush Patel told a news agency.

He said that appropriate action would be taken against
those involved in the attack on police officials yesterday.

Patel further said no weapons or suspicious items were
found from the ashram premises.

According to the police, the operation was carried out
by a joint team of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar police.

The incident occurred yesterday when hundreds of
followers of Asaram were prevented from entering Gandhinagar
Collector`s office in Gandhinagar where they wanted to submit
a memorandum.

Besides injuries to the policemen, more than 20 cars and
vehicles including SP`s car and police vehicles were damaged
during the stone pelting yesterday.

Following the heavy stone pelting, police had ordered
cane-charge and also lobbed a number of tear-gas shells to
disperse the mob comprising the desciples of Asaram ashram.

It may be noted that Asaram has been in the news recently
after police filed a case against seven of his disciples in an
incident which took place last year when two boys of the
Asaram ashram here went missing and later their bodies
were found on the banks of river Sabarmati.

Following the incident, a mass agitation was launched
in Ahmedabad which had forced the State government to
constitute a commission of inquiry by a retired high Court
judge to carry out a detailed inquiry into the incident of
alleged murder of the two boys.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 18:57

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