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September 11, 2008

Gujarat HC asks police to file FIRs against Asaram followers

Ahmedabad, Aug 26: Gujarat High Court on Tuesday asked the police to file FIRs against the Asaram Bapu’s followers who had attacked media persons and people during the July 18 shutdown here over mysterious deaths of two boys of a school run by the asram of the spiritual leader.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by NGO Jan Sangarsh Manch last week asking for setting up of a Special Investigation Team to probe the attacks on mediapersons and people living near the Asaram Bapu ashram here by supporters of the religious guru last month.

A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice M S Shah and Justice D H Waghela ordered the police to file FIRs against Asaram’s ‘sadhaks’ (followers) and take appropriate action.

The court also said the NGO, which claims to have a list of people attacked by the sadhaks, will provide the names to the police for investigation in the case.

The PIL has also sought compensation from the state government for the people injured in the attacks.

Violence was reported in the city during a bandh called to protest the death of Abhishek and Dipesh Vaghela who were students of a school run by the ashram.

Their decomposed bodies were found from the bank of river Sabarmati near here on July 5, two days after they were reported missing.

State CID (Crime) has not been able to solve the mystery behind the death of the boys.

Bureau Report


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