Asaram’s close aide arrested in witness murder case, arms and cows seized

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A close aide of Asaram who was evading arrest in connection with the murder of a prime witness in a rape case against the self-styled godman has been arrested from Mirakpur village in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

Niraj Kumar, Asaram’s Nandgaon ashram in-charge, was arrested yesterday. He owned a dairy farming business in the village. A cache of arms, 17 cows and several fake IDs have been seized from the place he was nabbed, Circle Officer Yogender Pal Singh said.
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He was at large since the murder of Akhil Gupta (35), the prime witness in a rape case against Asaram, on January 11 last year, Singh said.

Gupta was a cook and personal aide of Asaram, who has been in jail since August 2013, for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old schoolgirl.

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Kumar’s alleged involvement in the murder was revealed by Kartik Haldar, the henchman of the self-styled godman, who had allegedly gunned down Gupta. Haldar was arrested from Raipur in Chhattisgarh in March.

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During interrogation, Kumar said he had given shelter to Haldar, and arranged a motorcycle and weapons for him, Singh said.

The accused has been booked on charges of cheating and misleading police, besides under Arms Act.

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