A team of Jodhpur police will set out for Bhopal tonight to arrest Asaram Bapu since the deadline for him to join the investigation is over.
DCP Jodhpur Ajay Lamba said, "Our team of policemen will leave for Bhopal tonight by train. We also expect him to flee from Bhopal and we are prepared for that."
Lamba said that there were teams ready to go after the godman if he tried to go out of Bhopal.
He said Asaram's letter to the police was not convincing and he would be probed and arrested.
"There are many things we have found during investigation and we will probe Asaram Bapu about it," Lamba said.
He added that the police had enough evidence against the self-styled godman and he would be arrested unless he had a strong defence.
When asked if Asaram was given so much time because of his popularity, Lamba said, "The time was given to him considering that he is a senior citizen. He is over 75 years of age."
He clarified that the police team was going to Jodhpur for investigation and arrest is a part of the investigation. "We are putting our best efforts, and going according to legal provisions," the DCP of Jodhpur said.
He also hoped that the local police would support the Rajasthan police to nab Asaram.
He did not rule out law and order problems in Jodhpur if the godman was arrested and said that they were fully prepared to tackle any such untoward incident.
The godman is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in his ashram. While he has denied the allegation, his son has backed him up saying that the girl is mentally unstable.
First Published On : Aug 30, 2013 19:39 IST