India TV crew members attacked by Asaram Bapu supporters

New Delhi: Supporters of Asaram Bapu Friday protested outside a police station here, where a girl had lodged a complaint alleging sexual assault by the spiritual leader, and demanded quashing of the FIR and attacked
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India TV News Desk 23 Aug 2013, 08:42 PM IST
New Delhi: Supporters of Asaram Bapu Friday protested outside a police station here, where a girl had lodged a complaint alleging sexual assault by the spiritual leader, and demanded quashing of the FIR and attacked India TV crew members covering the event.





Around 500 supporters gathered outside the Kamla Market police station in central Delhi and demanded quashing of the FIR.

Later Asaram Bapu's supporters attacked the crew member of India TV news channel damaging the OB Van and a complaint has been filed against them.

"The unit member of India TV news channel was attacked near the Parliament Street police station and three of the supporters have been detained," said police.

The supporters gathered at the police station around 10 a.m. and raised slogans against the police and media, accusing them of trying to dent the image of the spiritual leader.

Later, they marched towards Jantar Mantar.

According to the complaint, the sexual assault took place Aug 15 at an ashram in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, where the girl had gone for medical treatment.

The girl, a native of Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur district, visited Asaram Bapu along with her family. Police said Asaram Bapu took the girl to a separate room on the pretext of treating her illness and sexually assaulted her.

A spokesman for the spiritual leader, who enjoys a wide following across the country and abroad, said the girl's complaint was an attempt to malign Asaram Bapu.
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