‘God-man’ held, six girls rescued

first_imgA self-styled ‘god-man’ was arrested and six minor girls rescued from his ashram built allegedly on an encroached land of the gram sabha in Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh, the police said on Tuesday.The police pulled down the ashram on Monday and got freed the land encroached by ‘god-man’ Rajendra Prasad for nearly four months in Natwa village, District Magistrate Vishakh G. said. Five people, including Prasad, have been arrested from the ashram from where six minor girls have been freed and sent to Bal Kalyan Samiti for counselling, the DM said.He added that like Ram Vriksha of Jawaharbagh in Mathura, Prasad also had prepared a team of lathi-wielding youths, scripted his own ‘constitution’ and had collected nearly ₹20 lakh in donation. He was also running his writ among the land grabbers. A case has been registered against nine named and 50 unnamed people, the DM added. SP Shachindra Patel said Prasad is a resident of Dattipurva village in Vindhyachal area of Mirzapur district and had earlier been arrested for immoral acts. He had been residing in Natwa village since his release on bail, the SP said, adding that preliminary inquiry suggests that the girls were being used for immoral activities. Prasad’s involvement in criminal activities as well as his links with the Maoists will also be probed, the SP said. According to Mr. Patel, several of his supporters fled when the police team reached the ashram.last_img