In Pics: Asaram Bapu's past-from a tea-seller to the spiritual guru

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New Delhi, Aug 29: With each passing day, the self-styled Godman Asaram Bapu's troubles are haunting him.

The 'controversial' Asaram is currently fighting against allegations of sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl, who was reportedly staying in one of his ashrams at Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

The girl's parents, who are said to be Asaram's followers for a long time, lodged a complaint against him at Kamla Market police station in Delhi, after their daughter reported the incident to them.

Subsequently, the Delhi Police handed over the case to Jodhpur police, where the incident took place on the night of August 15.

While digging into his past, the Jodhpur police has come to know that the spiritual guru Asaram Bapu, as he is known to the world, was once a tea-seller Asumal!

Born as Asumal Sirumalani on April 17, 1941, in Berani village of Pakistan, various criminal cases are pending against Asaram including illegal land acquisition, deaths of two boys in his ashram and the latest one is a sexual assault case.

Asaram Bapu's character is not as 'white' as it should have been.

After the partition, Asumal's family shifted to Gujarat. After Asumal's father Thaumal Sirumalani passed away, the responsibility of financially supporting the family, came on his shoulders. Then, he shifted to Vijapur, a city in the Mehsana district of Gujarat.

During investigation about his past life, a fact came to light that during 1958-59, Asaram used to be a tea-seller in front of the Majistrate's office. That tea stall is reportedly owned by one of the Asaram's relative Sevak Ram and is still in operation.

People who know Asaram Bapu as 'Asumal' told that he worked there as a tea-seller for quite a long time.

If these shocking disclosures are to be believed, then some people even said that Asaram has an old relationships with controversies.

Local residents told that in 1959, there was an allegation of murder on Asumal and his relatives in the influence of alcohol. But due to lack of evidence, Asumal was bailed out of the case following which he left Vijapur and took refuge in Ahmedabad's Sardarnagar area.

During 1960s, Asumal turned to liquor-seller from a tea-seller. He started liquor business with his four partners namely Jamarmal, Nathumal, Kishanmal and Lachrani. He made huge profits by selling alcohol.

After this, Asumal also worked in a milk dairy where he used to earn Rs 300 per month. But, he left that job soon and disappeared from there.

Then, after a long time, he came into limelight not as Asumal who did petty jobs to earn but as the spiritual guru Asaram Bapu, who has millions of followers today!

Today, Asaram, the owner of properties worth millions, has around 425 ashrams across 12 countries and more than 50 gurukuls across India.

Clad in a white dhoti-kurta and an equally matched white-long beard, the Asaram Bapu's character is not as 'white' as it should have been. Instead, it is painted with "shades of grey"....

Asaram Bapu's past-from a tea-seller to the spiritual guru

While digging into his past, the Jodhpur police has come to know that the spiritual guru Asaram Bapu, as he is known to the world, was once a tea-seller Asumal!

Asaram Bapu's past-from a tea-seller to the spiritual guru

Born as Asumal Sirumalani on April 17, 1941, in Berani village of Pakistan, various criminal cases are pending against Asaram including illegal land acquisition, deaths of two boys in his ashram and the latest one is a sexual assault case.

In Pics: Asaram Bapu's past-from a tea-seller to the spiritual guru

During 1958-59, Asumal used to be a tea-seller in front of the Majistrate's office. That tea stall was reportedly owned by one of the Asaram's relative Sevak Ram.

 

 

Asaram Bapu's past-from a tea-seller to the spiritual guru

In 1959, there was an allegation of murder on Asumal and his relatives in the influence of alcohol. But due to lack of evidence, Asumal was bailed out of the case following which he left Vijapur.

 

 

Asaram Bapu's past-from a tea-seller to the spiritual guru

During 1960s, Asumal turned to liquor-seller from a tea-seller. After this, Asumal also worked in a milk dairy where he used to earn Rs 300 per month. But, he left that job soon and disappeared from there.

 

 

 

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