Police raids Asaram Ashram, detains 150 followers
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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.


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

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