72-year-old Asaram, who was escorted by Rajasthan police personnel-led by Additional Commissioner of Police Satish Jnagid, arrived at the airport on board an Air India flight via Delhi at about 1230 hrs. (Agencies)
After coming out from the airport, Asaram moved into one of the seven luxury vehicles escorted by cops and was taken to Rajasthan Armed Constabulary Battalion Campus in Mandore where he was being interrogated, sources said.
Unprecedented security arrangements were made at the airport, where Asaram faced black flag protests, on the streets, outside and inside Asaram ashrams, and the Mahila Thana (women's police station) where the case has been lodged.
The convoy was followed by seven buses with armed police personnel. The godman might be taken for spot verification, DCP Ajay Pal Lamba said.
An Air India flight carrying Asaram from Indore left at 7.50am for New Delhi from where he boarded another flight for Jodhpur. A team of doctors from Indore's Medical College had earlier found him fit for questioning and travel, the sources said. Armed with the medical report, a team of Jodhpur police arrested Asaram and whisked him in a white jeep about half an hour after the stroke of midnight, after waiting for nearly eight hours at the ashram.
Meanwhile, the father of the girl called off his fast-unto-death in Shahajahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh soon after the arrest of the godman in Indore. Circle Officer, City, Rajeswar Singh offered the girl's father juice to end his fast that he began on Saturday morning demanding immediate arrest of Asaram.
"The first hurdle has been overcome. We would take our fight forward," the father said after ending his fast after midnight. The girl's father thanked the media saying that the arrest has been made possible because of their efforts".
Meanwhile, demonstrations against Asaram were held at different places, with protesters burning his effigy. On his arrival at airport, scores of slogan shouting people showed black flags and displayed anti-Asaram posters in Ratanada area. "It's end of the road for you," they chanted.
The sexual assault case was filed by an inmate of his Chhindwara-based ashram in Madhya Pradesh. The assault allegedly took place in Jodhpur following which a case was initially registered in Delhi and later transferred to Jodhpur for probe.
72-year-old Asaram, who was escorted by Rajasthan police personnel-led by Additional Commissioner of Police Satish Jnagid, arrived at the airport on board an Air India flight via Delhi at about 1230 hrs.