Haryana police arrested Rampal
Haryana Police on Wednesday evening arrested self-proclaimed ‘godman’ Rampal from his ashram. He was whisked away in an ambulance which was followed by a number of police vehicles. The police had been preparing for the final assault to arrest Rampal from his ashram since late evening, where four women died mysteriously and two others in hospital in the midst of a showdown. The controversial 63-year-old baba will produced in a Hisar court on Thursday, superintendent of police, Panipat Satish Balan told reporters.
Earlier, home minister Rajnath Singh asked Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar to bring about an early end to the stand-off between police and supporters of Rampal in Hisar, amid indications of unhappiness at the Centre about the way the issue was handled by the state government.During the telephonic conversation, Khattar briefed the home minister about the steps being taken to arrest Rampal and how to avoid casualties.
Haryana Police have slapped fresh cases, including the serious charge of sedition, against him and ruled out any negotiation to seek his custody for production in Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday, the deadline set by the court. Police said 70 supporters of the Rampal, most of them his ‘private commandos’, who indulged in violence yesterday, were arrested and produced before the local court which sent to judicial custody till December 3. Those arrested, include son of Rampal and chief volunteer Purushottam Dass, a cousin of the ‘godman’.
Unlike yesterday, when the vicinity of the ashram in this town of Hisar district looked like a war-zone when police and Rampal’s supporters clashed, including small arm firing from inside, the situation was peaceful today. More than 10,000 followers, including aged men and women and children, who had been holed up inside the ashram for days, came out with raised hands, signalling peace. The desertion continued till late in the night. By late evening, a large posse of CRPF personnel were brought to the periphery of the ashram spread over 12 acres, where Rampal is believed to be hiding with the support of his “private army”. The Centre also despatched 500 CRPF personnel to help the operations.
So happy to know #Rampal got arrested…Now pack the case perfectly that he will never be out on bail & get the maximum punishment
— DHANIL.K (@myblackboard) November 19, 2014