Jan 27, 2016

Another child goes missing from Asaram Bapu's Motera ashram in Ahmedabad

January 22, 2016 

Asaram Bapu
Ahmedabad: Controversial 'godman' Asaram Bapu, who is in jail fighting a rape case against him, is once again in news for wrong reasons.

News agency ANI said on Friday that one more child has gone missing from Asaram Bapu's Motera ashram in Ahmedabad.

The godman has been under scanner after several incidents of minor boys who went missing from his ashram were reported.

The godman is also facing a probe in connection with the mysterious death of two cousins staying at his city-based ashram.

The parents of the two children, who were found dead on the banks of Sabarmati river near Asaram's ashram in Motera in Ahmedabad in July 2008, had filed a plea before a magisterial court in January last year seeking transfer of the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Cousins Dipesh Vaghela (10) and Abhishek Vaghela (11) had gone missing from Asaram Bapu's gurukul, a residential school situated in Motera Ashram of the city, on July 3, 2008 under mysterious circumstances.

On July 5, 2008, mutilated bodies of the two boys were found in the riverbed near the ashram.

After the two boys were found dead, a widespread public agitation had taken place against Asaram with allegations that their deaths were linked to black magic practised in the ashram.

Dipesh's father Praful Vaghela had filed an application before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SV Parekh seeking a CBI probe.

The application said the cause of the death of two children has not been investigated properly by the local police as well as the inquiry commission (Justice D K Trivedi Commission) constituted by the state government.

All the investigations, according to the applicant, have been allegedly aimed at shielding the real killers of children.

The state CID had in 2009 booked seven followers of Asaram in connection with the death of the two children under Section 304 of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against whom a charge sheet was filed in September 2012.


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