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NEW DELHI: Rape accused Narayan Sai, son of godman Asaram Bapu who has been on the run for almost two months, was finally nabbed by the crime branch of Delhi Police late Tuesday night.
Sai was in the disguise of a Sikh as he was wearing a turban when he was arrested near Pipli in Haryana.
He has been charged with rape on the basis of an FIR filed by two sisters from Surat who have accused godman Asaram Bapu and Narayan Sai of sexual exploitation at their ashrams in Ahmedabad and Surat.
A team of the Delhi Police left for Ludhiana after getting a tip-off that Narayan Sai was in the city. But before the team reached Ludhiana, Sai had left for Delhi in a Fort Eco Sport. An alert was issued and teams of police were positioned at important diversion points on the National Highway.
Sai’s car was spotted at a petrol pump. He was arrested along with three associates and brought to Delhi.
After his medical check-up at the Ambedkar Hospital, the 41-year-old Sai was presented before metropolitan magistrate Dheeraj Mor who remanded him and two associates – Ramesh Malhotra and Kaushal Thakur – to 24-hour transit remand as Gujarat Police take them to the state.
Sai has been on the run after the two sisters from Surat named him and his father Asaram Bapu in their FIR on October 6.
After he failed to surrender, Sai was declared an absconder as Gujarat Police announced an award of Rs 5 lakh for clues about his whereabouts.
Police conducted raids at various places in Delhi, UP and Bihar to trace him.
His preliminary interrogation has revealed that he stayed in Jaipur, Delhi, Thane, Walsaad (Gujarat), Udaipur and Delhi while he was on the run from the law.
In their FIR on October 6, the two sisters alleged that they were sexually exploited by godman Asaram Bapu and his son over a period of time while they worked and stayed at their ashrams in Ahmedabad and Surat.
According to their FIR, the elder sister said she was sexually exploited by Asaram Bapu between 1997 and 2006 at his Ahmedabad ashram.
The younger sister alleged in the FIR that she was beaten up, illegally confined and sexually exploited by the godman’s son Narayan Sai between 2002 and 2005 at their Surat ashram.
Asaram Bapu is already in jail for allegedly sexually molesting a minor at his ashram near Jodhpur in August.