Three disciples of Nithyananda arrested

Three disciples of self-styled godman Nithyananda were arrested at his ashram in Ramnagaram district for "obstructing" police who were conducting investigations into criminal cases against him.

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 15:23 PM IST

Bangalore: Three disciples of self-styled
godman Nithyananda were arrested at his ashram in Ramnagaram
district for "obstructing" police who were conducting
investigations into criminal cases against him.

"The three disciples were arrested from the Godman`s
ashram in Bidadi last night as they obstructed police
investigating criminal cases filed against the godman,"
Superintendent of Police Ramnagaram S P Bisnalli said.

All three were produced before a local court and
remanded to judicial custody, he said.

Another disciple, against whom a case has been filed
in the same connection (obstruction of police duty) could not
be traced at the ashram and efforts are on to nab him, he
said.

Bisnalli said a police team led by Deputy
Superintendent of Police CID, Ramalingappa, the Investigation
Officer in these cases, had gone to the ashram to get a sample
signature of a lady disciple, Maha Nitya Sadananda.

On their arrival, they were asked for a search
warrant, to which they said it was not needed as they only
wanted a sample signature. The disciplies refused them entry,
despite persistent requests, saying Sadananda was not there,
he said.

Following the arrest, Nityananda`s disciples have
launched an indefinite fast since last night to protest
against what they termed as "blatant and unreasonable
religious persecution and to regain our right to religious
freedom."

"This outrageous act of arresting our family members
without any instigation or reason has outraged and pained us
beyond words", the organisation said in a statement.

PTI