New Delhi: Janata Dal (United) leader Shivanand Tiwari on Thursday demanded the arrest of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu and his `fanatic` followers, and said the protests outside JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav`s residence is a dangerous warning sign for Indian democracy.
"The government should go in with full force and all preparation. The reaction from his followers and the protests outside Sharad Yadav`s residence speak volumes. The government should go in with full force to arrest him and put him in jail," Tiwari said.
Commenting on protests outside Sharad Yadav`s residence, after the JD(U) chief made a statement in Parliament saying that there is no difference between the Mumbai gang-rape of a young photojournalist and the allegations leveled against Asaram Bapu and that both must be the same in the eyes of the law.
Tiwari said: "The protests held outside Sharad Yadav`s residence is a matter of concern and worry. These people are fanatic. When someone brings something up inside the House of Parliament and there are protests outside his residence-this is something new, it is a first. This is a dangerous trend setting in."
"I demand that the government takes strict action against whoever was protesting outside his residence, so that this does not become a trend. I am surprised that no one noticed this-neither the police nor the government. In one way, this is an attempt to put pressure on Parliament and gag them. This is the first time it`s happened. This shows what kind of people these are," he added.
The girl, who is 16 years of age and from Uttar Pradesh, had made a complaint at a police station in the national capital on August 20, accusing Asaram Bapu of sexually assaulting her at his ashram in Jodhpur.