Son of witness in Asaram case ‘abducted’; returns home

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Shahjahanpur : The son of a witness in a case related to self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was abducted but later managed to give his captors the slip, police said today.

Sixteen-year-old Dheeraj Vishwakarma is the son of Ramshankar Vishwakarma, witness in the murder of Kripal Singh, who was shot dead on July 10, 2015.

Kripal was the key witness in a rape case involving self-styled godman Asaram Bapu.

Dheeraj was allegedly abducted from outside his house here on Monday and taken to Meerut but later returned home.

His father Ramashankar had appeared before a court here as a witness on June 7 in the murder case but his statement could not be recorded and has now been called to the court again on June 28.

Ramashankar feared that his son was abducted to pressure him not to depose against Asaram’s aides.

The father and brother of the rape victim are also witnesses in the murder case.

Dheeraj told media persons that he was standing before his house on Monday when two car borne men arrived and took him away after making him unconscious and when he gained senses he found himself in Meerut.

Dheeraj said it was when his kidnappers had left him in the car to make some purchases that he fled to the Meerut railway station where the GRP personnel put him in a train to Shahjahanpur and he reached home.

SP City Dinesh Tripathi said that after registering an abduction case, the police went to Vishkarma’s house for making some inquiries and found the victim at home last night.

“The matter is being investigated,” the SP added.

On April 24, the self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was sentenced to life-long jail term by a special POCSO court for raping a teenage girl nearly five years ago in his ashram near Jodhpur.

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