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September 1, 2008

asaram ashram deaths: parents to go on fast again

Manas Dasgupta

AHMEDABAD: With no solution in sight even a month after the mysterious deaths of the two minor boys in the Asaram Bapu ashram here, the parents of the deceased have decided to again go on fast to pressure the police to expedite the investigation.

The Madhya Pradesh police has claimed to have cracked similar mysterious deaths of two minors in the Bapu’s Chindwara ashram in less than a week. The family members of Deepesh and Abhishek — the children who died here — are disappointed at the failure of the Gujarat police to solve case of mysterious deaths.

Supported by the “Jagega Gujarat,” a voluntary organisation formed to launch the anti-Asaram agitation in the wake of the deaths of the two minor cousins, their fathers, Shanti Vaghela and Praful Vaghela has announced a three-day fast from August 8 and to further intensify their agitation if no solution was found till then.

An indefinite fast by Mr. Praful Vaghela last month and the unprecedented support it received from the people of Ahmedabad and other parts of the State had forced Chief Minister Narendra Modi to take away the investigation from the local police and handed it over to the CID (Crime) and to also order a judicial inquiry into the episode.

Nothing done so far

At the assurance from the Chief Minister, Mr. Vaghela broke his fast on the ninth day, but since then except appointing a retired judge of the Gujarat high court, D. K. Trivedi, to constitute the one-man judicial inquiry commission, nothing concrete has so far emerged into the police investigation. Mr Modi, however, did not accept the demand for a CBI inquiry into the death of the children.

Mr. Vaghela had later alleged that he was “tricked into” meeting the Chief Minister by some BJP leaders and was constantly under pressure from his sympathisers to resume the agitation against the ashram.


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