He was nabbed while travelling from Ludhiana to Delhi
After being on the run for almost two months, self-styled godman Asaram Bapu’s son Narayan Sai, accused in a rape case, has been nabbed from Punjab by a team of Delhi Police.
At the time of his arrest, the 41-year-old ‘bearded’ man was trying to pass off as a turbaned Sikh. He was travelling in an SUV from Ludhiana to Delhi. Three other persons including a juvenile have also been arrested with him, said a senior police officer.
Sai was on Wednesday produced before a local court that remanded him to a day’s custody with the Gujarat Police.
A complaint against Sai was filed by a 30-year-old woman in Surat on October 6. The woman had alleged that Narayan Sai raped her between 2001 and 2005. The accused had been on the run ever since the case was registered against him.
According to the Delhi Police, they started their search for Narayan Sai after the Gujrat Police got in touch with them in October.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) S.B.K Singh said, “The Gujarat Police got in touch with us after they received information that Narayan Sai was hiding somewhere in Delhi.”
After receiving the information, both the Gujarat Police and Delhi Police conducted raids all over Delhi to nab him but in vain, added the officer.
We recently received a tip-off about Sai coming to Delhi from Ludhiana. A team under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner of Police Kumar Gyanesh was sent to Ludhiana to work on the lead. About two-three days ago, they stationed themselves at the Highway after getting information that Sai has left the city. Early in the morning they noticed a vehicle speeding towards Delhi on NH-1. After following the vehicle for some distance, they overtook it in Kurukshetra. When the occupants of the car were questioned they denied accepting their identity. On being questioned further they revealed their identity as Narayan Sai, Kaushal Thakur & Bhakat Hanuman and a juvenile, added the officer.
According to the police, Sai was wearing a saffron headgear, T-shirt, pants and a jacket to camouflage his appearance and avoid arrest. He was travelling in a car which is registered in the name of Neha Diwan, wife of a prominent Meerut-based businessman Ajay Diwan.
After arresting the four, the police recovered Rs.2.61 lakh cash and 6 mobiles from Sai while Rs.13,500 were recovered from Hanuman. Some other articles like stove and groceries were also recovered from their possession which hinted to the fact that they were constantly changing base. A reward of Rs.5 lakh had been announced on the arrest of Sai while Hanuman carried a reward of Rs.1 lakh as he too was named in the FIR.
He was produced at Rohini courts complex where around 200 people, including Sai’s supporters and those who were protesting against him clashed.