Nityanand Ashram case: Police custody of accused women extended

Nityanand Ashram case: Police custody of accused women extended

Agency News

Ahmedabad, Nov 26: A local court here on Monday extended by two days, the police custody of two women associated with the Ashram of controversial self-styled godman Swami Nityanand, in an alleged case of kidnapping and misbehaviour with two minor children of a former disciple.

Caretaker of the Ashram Sadhvi Pranpriya and her aide Priyatatva were arrested by police on November 20. Police had got five days remand from the court, which ended today. Police produced the accused before the court on Monday and sought three more days of remand, but the court allowed remand till 1pm on November 27.

The prosecution advocate informed the court that police needed further remand for investigation with regard to the mobile phones and ATM cards seized from the Ashram. He also alleged that the duo was not cooperating with the police.

According to the complaint filed by former Tamil Nadu-based disciple of Nityanand, Janardan Sarma, his two daughters had been allegedly kidnapped by Swami Nityanand and illegally sent abroad. Mr Sarma said his eldest daughter Lopa Mudra (21) had gone abroad from Bengaluru Ashram, while the second one Nityanadita (19), had disappeared mysteriously. The major girls, in a video released earlier, had denied the charges levelled against Nityanand and expressed their unwillingness to join their parents.

However, the younger children, including his 14-year-old third daughter and 12-year-old son have been handed over to him and on the basis of their statement, police has lodged a case. (UNI)