Close on the heels of the trails of suspected murders in Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam scam, a witness in Asaram Bapu’s case now has been shot at in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur.
This is the fifth attack on his witnesses since the the self styled godman was put behind bars in rape cases.
In May, Mahendra Chawla, the prime witness in the sexual exploitation case against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai, was shot at in Haryana.
According to a Dailymail.co.uk report, Chawla, a former secretary of Asaram (between 1998 and 2005) had made a number of startling revelations about the father-son duo regarding alleged wrongdoing in their ashrams. He accused Asaram of working as a financier and his son of exploiting female followers. He also alleged that one of Asaram’s caretakers, Monica, was assigned the job of supplying girls to him.
In Jnuary, another witness in a rape case against Asaram was shot dead in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar. Police said Akhil Gupta, 35, was shot by unknown persons on his way home. He was the second witness to be killed in the case after Amrut Prajapati, a former Asaram aide who was shot dead in June last year in Gujarat.
Gupta was a cook and a personal aide of Asaram Bapu, who has been in jail since August, 2013, for allegedly sexually assaulting a schoolgirl.
In March, a key witness in the Asaram rape case was attacked by unidentified assailants in Surat city.
According to the police, the 40-year-old witness in the case, Rakesh Patel, who had a video-shooting and photography business, was returning home in Paal locality, when two motorcycle-borne assailants intercepted his bike near his home.
If that is not all, in 2013, the family of the girl who accused Asaram Bapu of sexually assaulting her claimed that they had received death threats from followers of Asaram.
In October 2013, the then Surat Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Shobha Bhutada filed a complaint stating that she had been receiving threatening calls from supporters of Asaram.