Self-styled god­man Ram­pal guilty of mur­der: HC

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HISAR: A self-styled god­man of Sat­lok Ashram at Bar­wala in Hisar was con­victed Thurs­day along with 26 of his fol­low­ers by a ses­sions court here in two sep­a­rate cases of mur­der and other of­fences.

Hisar Ad­di­tional Dis­trict and Ses­sions Judge D R Chaliya held god­man Ram­pal and his fol­low­ers guilty of two mur­ders and other of­fences, in­clud­ing wrong­ful con­fine­ment of his vic­tims at his her­mitage.

ASJ Chaliya pro­nounced his judge­ment af­ter nearly four-year-long trial of the 27 ac­cused in a makeshift court in­side the Hisar dis­trict jail, where 67-year-old Ram­pal and his fol­low­ers have been lodged since their ar­rest in Novem­ber 2014.

Af­ter hold­ing the ac­cused guilty in two cases, the judge slated Oc­to­ber 16 and 17 re­spec­tively to pro­nounce the quan­tum of sen­tences for them in the two cases.

HISAR (HARYANA): A self­styled god­man of Sat­lok Ashram at Bar­wala in Hisar was con­victed Thurs­day along with 26 of his fol­low­ers by a ses­sions court here in two sep­a­rate cases of mur­der and other of­fences.

Hisar Ad­di­tional Dis­trict and Ses­sions Judge D R Chaliya held god­man Ram­pal and his fol­low­ers guilty of two mur­ders and other of­fences, in­clud­ing wrong­ful con­fine­ment of his vic­tims at his her­mitage.

ASJ Chaliya pro­nounced his judge­ment af­ter nearly fouryear-long trial of the 27 ac­cused in a makeshift court in­side the Hisar dis­trict jail, where 67-year-old Ram­pal and his fol­low­ers have been lodged since their ar­rest in Novem­ber 2014.

Af­ter hold­ing the ac­cused

guilty in two cases, the judge slated Oc­to­ber 16 and 17 re­spec­tively to pro­nounce the quan­tum of sen­tences for them in the two cases.

The two cases against Ram­pal and his fol­low­ers were lodged at Bar­wala po­lice sta­tion on Novem­ber 19, 2014. The first one (FIR No 429/2014) was lodged on the com­plaint of one Shiv­pal of Mitha­pur near Badra­pur in Delhi, while the sec­ond one (FIR No 430/2014) was lodged by Suresh of Jak- hora vil­lage of Lal­it­pur dis­trict in Ut­tar Pradesh.

Both of them had com­plained of their re­spec­tive wives’ mur­ders in­side Ram­pal’s ashram, where, they had said, the two women were held cap­tive and later killed.

Be­sides the mur­der charges, the Bar­wala po­lice had also in­voked of­fences of wrong­ful con­fine­ment and crim­i­nal in the two FIRS.

As the po­lice pro­ceeded to ar­rest Rama­pal holed up in­side his ashram, his fol­low­ers and devo­tees, num­ber­ing over 15,000 sur­rounded the sprawl­ing, 12-acre ashram to pre­vent the god­man’s ar­rest.

The en­su­ing vi­o­lence by the god­man’s fol­low­ers had laid to death of six per­sons -- five women and an in­fant.

The Hisar dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion, mean­while, has made elab­o­rate ar­range­ments to en­sure there is no law and or­der prob­lem in the dis­trict af­ter the pro­nounce­ment of sen­tences to the god­man and his fol­low­ers.

The po­lice and civil ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials said more than 4,000 po­lice per­son­nel, be­sides those of the Rapid Ac­tion Force (RAF) and para­mil­i­tary forces have been de­ployed at var­i­ous places in the dis­trict to en­sure that no un­to­ward in­ci­dent takes place.

The po­lice and para­mil­i­tary forces also took out flag march in var­i­ous parts of the city on Wed­nes­day evening.

Pro­hibitory or­der un­der sec­tion 144 of the CRPC has al­ready been im­posed by Dis­trict Mag­is­trate Ashok Ku­mar Meena, ef­fec­tive till Oc­to­ber 17 at least.

Heavy po­lice force de­ployed out­side the Hisar Jail as self-styled god­man Ram­pal is be­ing taken to the court in Hisar on Thurs­day

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