Mumbai Police have revealed that Shifu Sanskriti cult guru Sunil Kulkarni, who was arrested on Friday for sexually exploiting teenage girls, was an ardent follower of Osho. The police also recovered Osho literature from the 54-year-old self-proclaimed guru.
According to the police, Kulkarni lured young girls using Osho theory. It was also revealed that Kulkarni even recorded videos of his treatment.
The crime branch have recovered few video clips and drugs from Kulkarni's possession. India Today has accessed statement made by Kulkarni before the crime branch.
Kulkarni was arrested by the crime branch on allegations of running prostitute and drugs racket. Kulkarni under the name of Shifu Sunkriti targeted young girls and forced them to perform sex by giving them drugs. The girls are given drugs and literature replete with sexual content.
Kulkarni told the police that he started Shifu Sunkriti a year ago. He said that it was not a cult but just an idea to heal problems. Kulkarni told the police that he had shared his thoughts on Facebook and later people started to follow him. There are nearly 5,000 followers of Kulkarni on Facebook. Police said that he has given lectures at several seminars in the past.
However, his statement did not mention any past criminal record. The investigations also revealed that he did not have any degree that claimed he was a trained doctor. Mumbai Police said that he will be booked for cheating. Incidentally, the girls are not opposed to Kulkarni and continue to maintain that they went to Kulkarni by choice.
DISOWNED BY FAMILY
A team of Mumbai crime branch is in Delhi to enquire about Kulkarni's family. Kulkarni, a divorcee, has two children. The team tried to contact his family, however, they refused to meet him. The family members told the police over the phone that they have severed ties with him.Crime branch is finding it difficult to solve the case, as the allegations were made by the parents of the girls who are unwilling to give any statements against Kulkarni.
Kulkarni maintains that he is not cult guru and that he just shared his thoughts and people joined him, making it difficult for the cops to present the case before the court.