Lucknow: Kripal Singh, a prime witness in the ongoing case against self-styled godman Asaram was shot at and critically injured in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Saturday.
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 victim who has accused Asaram of sexually abusing her in his ashram, police said.
He has also testified against Asaram in the past and had one time been a disciple of the seer. He was a close confidante of Asaram and was counted as one of his closest.
In the past too, there have been attacks on the witnesses in the case where Asaram is accused of sexually abusing a minor in his Jodhpur Ashram in Rajasthan.