Wanted for rape, police issues summons to Asaram Bapu’s son

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Ahmedabad: The Surat police has issued summons to spiritual leader Asaram Bapu’s son Narayan Sai, who, along with his father, has been accused of rape by two sisters. Asaram Bapu is already in jail on charges of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl.

Narayan, who was last seen at Jaipur Ashram of Asaram had gone into hiding after complaints of rape was filed against him and Asaram on Sunday. One of the women, who has complained, lived in the guru’s ashram or retreat at Surat in Gujarat. Her sister stayed at Asaram’s ashram in Ahmedabad.

The police says it was unable to locate Narayan Sai and has issued a lookout notice for Narayan, his mother Laxmi and sister Bharti. Also, six teams have been formed to track him; airports have been alerted to ensure he does not leave the country.

Surat Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said notices have been served to Asaram’s ashrams in Surat and Ahmedabad asking Narayan to present himself before the police at the earliest.

Asaram Bapu, famous for his large workshops at which he instructed thousands of followers in meditation and spirituality, was arrested more than a month ago after a schoolgirl said he sexually assaulted her at a room at his ashram in Jodhpur in Rajasthan. He has denied the charges; his son, Narayan Sai has said the girl is mentally disturbed.

The two sisters, who have now registered a case of rape against the father and son, say that the teenager’s courage in seeking justice motivated them to take action.

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