People from different areas of Surat city and villages in the district gathered outside the Merulaxmi temple in Palanpur Patia in Rander and took out a rally to the district collectorate in Nanpura.
Holding banners containing slogans and posters of the two deceased minors, the community leaders later handed over a memorandum to District Collector Dilip Rawal. Community president Babubhai Parmar said that the two boys, Dipesh Vaghela (11) and Abhishek Vaghela (10) belonged to their community.
Later, the community members organised a condolence meeting at the Community Hall near the Merulaxmi temple in Palanpur Patia.
Strict police arrangements weremade in Rander and Nanpura area prior to the rally to avert any untoward incident.
Parmar said: "We have requested the state government to conduct free and fair investigations by a high-level team. We have also requested that the investigation should be done in a speedy way to ensure justice for the victims. We will continue with statewide agitations if our demands are not met."
Ajit Gohil, vice-president of the community and a mechanical engineer by profession, said: "We have no faith in the government investigation agency. Our demand is that the case should be investigated by the CBI, as Asaram Bapu can easily manipulate the state police."
Meenaxi Chotaliya, 40, also from the Gurjar Kshtriya Kadiya Community said: "I want to advise each and every parent that they should check the antecedents of the religious leaders before sending their children to them. People should not be superstitious and have blind faith on them. I request Chief Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter and deliver justice to the parents of the two minors boys.
"We request Narendra Modi to put some restrictions on the religious leaders in the state as many criminal activities take place in their ashrams. Often, these sadhus manipulate circumstances to ensure that all ills do not come out in the open. We have full faith in Modi as he is our real hero and leader. We believe that if he takes a personal interest in the cas, then not a single officer will succumb to pressure, and the investigations will be free and fair."