Fresh assault charges against Nithyananda
Two new cases of physical assault were reported against Nithyananda and his followers.
Bidadi, Karnataka: Two fresh FIRs were lodged against controversial godman Nithyananda. The Karnataka Police has registered two cases of physical assault against him and his followers again.
The FIRs were filed on complaints from a regional TV channel reporter and activists of Nava Nirmana Sene in connection with an altercation at Nithyananda's ashram in Ramanagara District last night, police said.
On a counter complaint by two followers of Nithyananda, police also registered two FIRs against the reporter and activists of the Sene for alleged outraging of modesty, physical assault and threat to life, they said.
"Four FIRs were lodged in the Bidadi police station in connection with an altercation at Nithyananda's ashram last night," Anupam Agarwal, superintendent of police, Ramanagara, told PTI.
Nithyananda is facing criminal charges including rape, based on complaints made by former disciples last year. He was arrested and later released on bail. The reporter in his complaint against Nithyananda and four of his followers alleged that he was assaulted and threatened after he asked a question at a press conference convened by the god-man to clear the air on charges of sexual abuse levelled against him by a US-based woman.
Later, some activists belonging to the local outfit "Nava Nirmana Sene" staged a protest in front of the ashram protesting the 'assault' of the reporters.
Meanwhile, some activists belonging to Karnataka Rakshana Vedike today allegedly barged into the Ashram and protested against Nithyananda, leading to a verbal altercation between them and the followers, police said. However, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
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