Key witness in Narayan Sai sexual assault case shot at in Panipat, FIR lodged

A key witness in a sexual assault case against Asaram's son Narayan Sai was shot at by some some unidentified miscreants here Wednesday morning.

Key witness in Narayan Sai sexual assault case shot at in Panipat, FIR lodged
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Panipat: A key witness in a sexual assault case against Asaram's son Narayan Sai was shot at by some some unidentified miscreants here on Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred in Sanauli village in Panipat district where the victim, Mahendra Chawla, was attacked.

"Some unidentified persons shot at Chawla. He was rushed to a hospital and is now out of danger," Rohtak Range Inspector General of Police, Shrikant Jadhav was quoted as saying by PTI.

A case has been registered in connection with the incident.

The witness had been provided a gunman for security in view of the threat perception. "We are trying to find out where the gunman was at the time of the incident," Jadhav said.

"We are working in that direction and are hopeful of making early arrest," Panipat SP Rahul Sharma said.

A woman had accused Narayan of repeated sexual assault between 2002 and 2005 when she was living at his Surat ashram, following which he was booked under various sections of IPC including rape, unnatural sex, molestation, wrongful confinement.

Narayan was lodged in a Surat jail since his arrest in December 2013 in connection with a rape case filed against him by a Surat-based woman.

In February, a prosecution witness was stabbed by a man at a court premises in Jodhpur, while another was shot dead in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district in January.

Three more persons in the Surat case have survived attacks.