Forty seven women and a minor girl were rescued today after a police raid at spiritual leader Virender Dev Dikshit's ashrams at Siktarbad and Kampil in Uttar Pradesh.
This came in the wake of raids conducted at the Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya at Rohini in Delhi on Thursday, where women and girls were kept confined like "animals in a cage".
Senior police officials led the raids.
Facing a stiff opposition from the inmates, the police had to enter the ashrams through the roofs of the adjoining buildings, they said.
The women inmates of the ashrams demanded a search warrant for opening the gates and were also involved in a verbal spat with the police.
Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Tribhuvan Singh said the minor girl, rescued from the Siktarbad ashram, would be produced before a magistrate and her statement would be recorded soon.
The Delhi Commission for Women, along with the police, raided an ashram run by Dixit at Dwarka in the national capital today and rescued five girls. The ashram was founded by Dixit.