Prime witness in Asaram Bapu sexual assault case shot

Lucknow: Kripal Singh, a prime witness in the ongoing case against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was shot at and critically injured in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Saturday.

Asaram Bapu

Singh, 35, was on Friday night shot at in the high-security cantonment area in Shahjahanpur town. He was returning from work and was intercepted by an unidentified motorcyle-borne youth near Imli Road.

The bullet pierced Singh’s spinal chord near his waist. He was rushed to the district hospital where considering his critical condition, doctors referred him to a hospital in Bareilly.

Singh worked with the father of the girl survivor who has accused Asaram of sexually abusing her in his ashram, police said. He has also testified against Asaram in the past and was once a disciple of the seer. He was a close confidante of Asaram.

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