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Asaram witness killing key accused arrested.

THE Shahjahanpur police on Saturday arrested one Narayan Pandey for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to kill Kripal Singh, a key witness in Asaram Bapu rape case. On July 10, Kripal Singh was shot at by unidentified miscreants in Shahjahanpur and later he succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Bareili district.

Sources said Pandey was arrested from Jodhpur in a joint operation of UP and Rajasthan police. Pandey was presented before the district magistrate on Saturday evening and was later sent to jail.

As per Kripal Singh's statement, which he had given to police a few days before the incident, cops gathered vital clues about three persons associated with Asaram. Subsequently, investigations revealed that Narayan Pandey was a frequent visitor to Shahjahanpur and was present there on the day of the incident. Singh named three of Asaram's associates to be continuously threatening him to withdraw the case, they added.

On July 17, 35- year- old Kripal Singh was injured by some miscreants in Sadar Bazaar police station area in Shahjahanpur.

Singh was on his way home on a motorcycle when another motorcycle approached him from behind and the pillion rider opened fire on him before fleeing the spot. Singh later died at a hospital. The police armed assailants in the murder.

Another Asaram case witness, Akhil Gupta, was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in the Muzaffarnagar district in Muzaffarnagar this year.

Following a complaint by Gupta's wife Varsha Gupta, the state government recommended a CBI probe into the case on Friday. Varsha is also a witness in a rape case against Asaram and used to live in the Surat ashram along with Akhil.

Akhil was a cook in the Ashram and was questioned by the Gujarat police in 2013 in connection with the rape of two sisters in Surat.

Asaram Pandey was held in a joint police op

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Date:Jul 26, 2015
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