Godman Nithyananda booked, two disciples held for kidnapping kids

Police two women disciples of the godman, on charges of allegedly kidnapping at least four children, keeping them in illegal confinement in a flat. Photo: PTI File.

An FIR was registered against self-styled godman Nithyananda on the charges of alleged kidnapping and wrongful confinement of children to make them collect donations from followers to run his ashram in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, police said on Wednesday (November 20).

Police also arrested Sadhvi Pranpriyananda and Priyatatva Riddhi Kiran, both women disciples of the controversial godman, on charges of allegedly kidnapping at least four children, keeping them in illegal confinement in a flat and using them as child labourers to promote activities of the ashram to collect donations.

Nithyananda was booked on similar charges after police recorded statements of the four children who were rescued from a flat, a police officer said.

Sadhvi Pran Priyananda and Priyatatva Riddhi Kiran are responsible for running the ashram, “Yogini Sarvagyapeetham”.