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Asaram's supporters go berserk, attack media, cops in Raipur

September 01, 2013 20:24 IST

Supporters of Asaram Bapu on Sunday allegedly attacked mediapersons, policemen and passers-by while staging a road blockade to protest the arrest of the self-styled godman in a sexual assault case.

"A case has been registered against the attackers with Telibandha police station and soon they will be arrested," Additional Superintendent of Police Lal Umed Singh told PTI. A large number of Asaram's followers gathered at VIP square on NH-6 near his ashram in the VIP Road area here, and staged an hour long 'chakka-jam' on Sunday afternoon.

They shouted slogans against the police for arresting the spiritual leader and demanded his release. As the media persons reached the spot, the agitated supporters attacked them. The policemen, who tried to intervene, too faced their wrath. Two policemen and three media persons sustained minor injuries, the police said.

A passer-by also lodged a complaint against the protesters, alleging that when he was driving across the road, they dragged him out of his car and assaulted him. The protesters also smashed windshields of several cars, and damaged a few motorbikes, the police added.

Meanwhile, the opposition Congress condemned the incident. "Asaaram has already engaged in misconduct and now his followers are doing the same. Stern action should be taken against the attackers," said Congress spokesperson Shushil Anand Shukla.

Asaram, accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, was arrested by the Jodhpur police after midnight from his ashram in Indore on Sunday and flown to Delhi. His supporters had also attacked the mediapersons at Jodhpur on Saturday.

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