Narayan Sai, the son of Self Styled Godman Asaram Bapu, who was absconding from 58 days has been arrested from the Delhi-Haryana border in the wee hours today. His 4 disciples named Bhavika, Vishnu, Ramesh and Hanuman–were also arrested along with him.
He had masked a Sikh look to evade arrest. He was wearing a red colour turban along with a T-shirt, Pant and sports Jacket in order to conceal his real Identity.He was carrying a Reward of Rs 5 Lakh on himself.
He was produced before a Court in New Delhi and would be handed over to the Gujarat police for further investigations.
His Arrest came as the result of cumulative efforts of 30-member crime branch team comprising of Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat and Punjab Police. He was first traced from Pipli village near Kurukshetra and was being followed from Ludhiana by a team of DCP Kumar Gyanesh and ACP KPS Malhotra and finally nabbed on Delhi border in the early hours of Wednesday.
By the time the team could reach Ludhiana, it was learnt that Narayan Sai was headed for Delhi in a Ford Eco Sport with a UP registration number.
Strategically, the teams on the highway were positioned at various diversions for plugging the possible escape routes. Acting on the tip-off about the probable vehicle, one of the team intercepted the Ford Eco Sport SUV at a refuelling station. Narayan Sai was in the vehicle along with 3 more persons identified as Ramesh, 27, who was the driver, a juvenile, who was the cook and Kaushal alias Hanuman, 29, a disciple.
He was wanted in cases of rape, repeated sexual assault and illegal confinement of a 30 year old Woman during 2001-05 when she lived at his Ashram in Surat. Her sister has also filed a similar case of Exploitation against Asaram Bapu, his father.
The Surat court had issued the arrest warrant in Sai’s name in connection with the FIR on October 28 under Section 70 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
On November 24, he had moved Gujarat High Court seeking quashing of arrest warrant issued by a Surat court