November 19, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Hisar, Haryana: Six people, including a child, have died during the action at the Hisar ashram to arrest godman Rampal. Denying that the police action was the cause of deaths the Haryana police said that the reason for their death was still to be known.
Haryana DGP SN Vashisht said at a news conference that the dead included five women. The bodies which were found inside the ashram were sent to hospital for postmortem examination.
“There were no bullet or other injury marks on the dead. The police have not yet entered the ashram. The autopsy will reveal the cause of deaths,” Vashisht said emphasising the ashram inmates had not died in the police action.
Police also said 5,000 of Rampal’s followers are still holed up inside the ashram and they have been asked to come out peacefully or face further action.
“We cannot launch a fullscale assault as there are many innocents are still trapped inside. More than 10,000 have come out safely so far and police have managed to save many lives,” Vashisht said.
Authorities had called off the operation on Tuesday evening after violent resistance from Rampal’s followers foiled police attempts to enter the ashram.
The godman is still elusive. While Haryana DGP SN Vashisht said they believe Rampal was inside the ashram, its spokesperson Raj Kapoor said Rampal was “unwell” and was being treated at an “undisclosed location”.
The police had tried to storm Satlok Ashram on the outskirts of Hisar city to arrest the 63-year-old self-styled godman who is wanted on murder charges. Police claimed that Rampal’s supporters fired with desi weapons from inside.
Rampal’s followers fought pitched battles by lobbing petrol bombs to thwart the charge by a 3,000-strong contingent of Haryana police commandos to storm the high-walled complex.
Police have so far failed to produce the controversial godman in court in connection with a contempt of court case. Rampal is on bail in another case in connection with the killing of a man in firing from his ashram in Rohtak in 2006.
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