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Controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapuwas on Sunday quizzed by police in Jodhpur after being flown from Indore where he was arrested after midnight amid high drama for allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old girl at his Jodhpur ashram.
72-year-old Asaram, who was escorted by Rajasthan police personnel led by Additional Commissioner of Police Satish Jnagid, reached the airport in Jodhpur on board an Air India flight via Delhi at about 1230 hrs.
The godman might be taken for spot verification, DCP Ajay Pal Lamba told reporters.
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.
Asaram driven in luxury vehicle
Speaking on the arrest of Asaram, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said no actor, politician or any other person was above law.
Asaram was driven to Dangaiawas police station, 30 kms from the city, on the Jodhpur-Jaipur highway, sources said.
After coming out from the airport here, Asaram moved into one of the seven luxury vehicles escorted by cops and was taken to Dangiawas instead of Mahila Thana. The convoy was followed by seven buses with armed police personnel.
The godman might be taken for spot verification, Lamba said.
Asaram was arrested by the Jodhpur Police after midnight from his ashram in Indore and escorted by a large posse police personnel to the airport, where he spent the night on a sofa in the VIP lounge.
An Air India flight carrying Asaram from Indore left at 7.50 AM for New Delhi from where he boarded another flight for Jodhpur.
The arrest was made after a team of doctors from Indore's Medical College found him fit for questioning and travel, the sources said.
Armed with a medical report that the godman was fit to be interrogated, a team of Jodhpur Police arrested 72-year-old Asaram and whisked him in a white jeep, after waiting for nearly eight hours at the ashram.