Asaram's supporters attack media persons in Jodhpur

Asaram's supporters allegedly attacked a team of news channel IBN-7 on Saturday morning near his ashram in Pal area, Jodhpur. A reporter and a video journalist of the channel sustained injuries and their camera and equipment were damaged before villagers living near the ashram rescued them. The police said they have identified the attackers and strict action will be taken against them. Reports said the police have already arrested six persons from outside the ashram.  Asaram Bapu is facing arrest after a 16-year-old girl made a police complaint August 20, accusing him of sexually assaulting her at his ashram in Jodhpur. The spiritual leader has denied the allegation.
The official said that a couple of media persons were attacked by some supporters of Asaram Bapu near his ashram Saturday morning. "As a team has left to question Asaram and then probably arrest him, we fear that the law and order situation may further get out of control. His followers may create ruckus. So we have deployed heavy police force near the ashram and other places in Jodhpur," the official said. The official added that a battalion of Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) has also been stationed. "We will provide security to the media persons covering the developments in the case," said the official. Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari condemned the incident and urged the Rajasthan government to take strict action in the matter and bring those guilty to book. "I hope strictest action is taken in the matter. The law is above everyone and does not discriminate between an ordinary citizen and any godman," Tewari said.