The Gujarat Police claimed to have arrested alleged henchman, suspected to have killed three witnesses in rape case against self-styled godman Asaram.
Kartik Haldar was arrested from Raipur in Chhattisgarh on Sunday in a joint operation by Gujarat ATS and Crime Branch unit of Chhattisgarh Police and brought to Ahmedabad on Monday, a senior official said.
Besides murdering the three witnesses, Haldar had also attempted to kill four other persons who were directly or indirectly associated with the rape cases filed against the jailed religious leader in Jodhpur and Ahmedabad, said JK Bhatt, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) and in-charge IG of ATS.
During interrogation, Haldar told officials he had been instructed by other 'sadhaks' (followers) of Asaram to kill these witnesses so as to weaken the cases against the controversial preacher, ATS said in a statement.
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