Security has been tightened outside two ashrams of self-styled godman Asaram in Gujarat after the Jodhpur trial court convicted him in 2013 rape case. Asaram was convicted by a court in Jodhpur for raping a teenager at his ashram in Rajasthan in 2013.
The victim alleged that Asaram called her to his ashram in Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of August 15, 2013.
Over 50 policemen, led by a deputy commissioner of police, were deployed outside Asaram's ashram in Motera area of Ahmedabad city, around 40 policemen were maintaining vigil near Sabarmati area and around 100 policemen as well as personnel from the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) were deployed at various places in Chandkheda area, DCP HR Muliana was quoted as saying by PTI.
"All the police stations in the city have been given orders to remain alert and conduct patrolling in their respective areas to prevent any unwarranted situation," Muliana said, adding that the situation at the ashram was calm.
"Adequate police force was deployed since early morning outside Asaram's another ashram in Jahangirpura area of Surat district," a police official said. Continuous police patrolling was on in the diamond city, he said.
Ahead of the verdict, the Centre had asked Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana to tighten security and deploy additional forces.