Policemen injured during Asaram Bapu's rally in Gandhinagar

Ahmedabad: Police officers, including District Superintendent of Police (DSP) were injured as followers of religious leader Asaram Bapu pelted stones at them during a rally in Gandhinagar on Thursday, police said.

The incident took place when hundreds of followers of Asaram Bapu were prevented from entering Gandhinagar collector's office, they said, adding the police resorted to lathi charge and also lobbed tear-gas shells to disperse the agitators.

The police have filed a case against seven of Bapu's disciples when two boys of the Asaram ashram went missing last year and their bodies were later recovered from the banks of river Sabarmati.

Asaram's followers had organised a rally today and were proceeding to submit a memorandum to the collector claiming there was a well-planned conspiracy to frame their religious leader and the allegations were false.

According to police, after followers were prevented from entering collector's office, they started pelting stones and also damaged police vehicles.

DSP, Gandhinagar, Piyush Patel, his deputy and couple of other police officials were injured during stone pelting incident and have been admitted to civil hospital for treatment, they said.