Godman held for attempt to rape US national
Dehradun: A self-styled godman has been
arrested on charges of attempt to rape a US tourist in
Rishikesh near here, police said on Sunday.
Ravindra Gaikwad alias Jagannath alias Swami
Shankaracharya Saraswati, who hails from Mumbai, was arrested
yesterday from Chilla area of Rishikesh by a team of special
operations group (SOG), they said.
The 25-year-old woman, a resident of Los Angeles, had
filed a complaint with the police that a saffron-clad godman
on the pretext of giving an ayurvedic massage tried to rape
her on Tuesday.
She had also lodged a complaint with the US Embassy in
Following the complaint, the SOG team had launched a
manhunt to trace Gaikwad, who had been hiding since then,
Last month, a British woman was allegedly gangraped in
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