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Odisha: Sarathi Baba’s Bhajan Programme Interrupted By Bhadrak Police

11 October 2019

Pramod Kumar Das

Bhadrak: A Bhajan programme for the ‘god-man’ Sarathi Baba came to a sudden end as Town Police raided the place. The programme was being held at Matha Sahi in Bhadrak on Thursday.

The bhajan samaroh was being held at one Prashant Barik’s house where several other followers of Santosh Raul alias Sarathi Baba were present. They had placed a few pictures and posters of the self-proclaimed god-man and were conducting the puja and bhajan.

The Town Police acted on complaints by locals alleging that such activities have been happening since last few days. A probe has been initiated in this matter.

Sarathi was arrested by the Odisha Crime Branch on August 8, 2015 from Barimula Ashram in Kendrapada district on charges of sexual assault and physical exploitation of women. Apart from this, he also faces charges of duping his devotees. He was released on bail from Choudwar jail on July 25.