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Police resort to lathi-charge on protesters near Ashram

--Sarathi Baba in ‘scandal’--

Kendrapara, August 5: Tension erupted at Barimula-based at the self-proclaimed godman Srimad Sarathi Baba Ashram in Kendrapara district after police personnel on Wednesday evening resorted to mild lathi charge to disperse the irate mob who was demanding clarification from Baba about the explicit clippings telecasted in a regional TV channel.

While policemen guarded the gates of the ashram, protesters raised slogans against the god man and burnt his effigy. Protesters were seen tearing the hoardings in front of the ashram.

Earlier, on Wednesday morning, hundreds of locals along with Bajrang Dal activists burnt tyre on Gulnagar-Indupur road in front of Sarathi Ashram and also burnt the effigy of the self styled god man.
To maintain law and order, one Additional SP, four DSP and three Inspectors, and two platoons of police force and an Executive Magistrate have been deployed in and outside the Ashram premises.

For the first time since controversy broke out after a television channel purportedly showed him in jeans and T-shirt staying in a posh Hyderabad-based hotel with a young woman for company on Tuesday, the controversial self-styled spiritual guru on Wednesday admitted that he does wear pants and shirt when he goes outside the state to avoid public attention.

 “After all, even Swami Vivekananda too wore pants, coat and tie when he went outside,” asked Sarathi Baba when quizzed.

He, however, flatly denied the assertion made by the channel that the pictures showing him in jeans and T–shirt were from Golconda Hotel in Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, Kendrapara Collector asked the SP to conduct probe on the complaint filed by Aul MLA Debendra Sharma. 

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