Controversial godman Rampal says allegations against him are false

Controversial 'godman' Rampal

Panchkula, Nov 20: Arrested controversial ‘godman’ Rampal on Thursday rejected charges that he had asked thousands of his followers to be kept “hostage” for past several days inside his Satlok ashram at Barwala to evade police action in a contempt of court case.

After his medical examination at General Hospital here, 63-year-old godman told reporters, “Yeah jhuthee ilzaam hein (these are false allegations).”

Rampal also denied the claims of his followers that they had been kept hostage by his private armed commandos and other henchmen, saying, “No, this is not true….”

Rampal, however, kept walking towards a waiting police vehicle, jostling his way through the battery of mediapersons who surrounded him.

Earlier in the morning, Punjab and Haryana High Court cancelled the bail of Rampal, who was arrested on Wednesday night, in 2006 murder case.

According to reports, the Haryana Police have made heavy security arrangements outside the HC premises to keep the followers of Rampal, who would be produced in the High Court today at 2 pm, at bay and to ensure that they don’t take law in their hands.

The controversial guru, who has been charged under under Sections 121 (waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India, 121A (conspiring to commit certain offences against the state) and 122 (Collecting arms etc. With the intention of waging war against the Govt of India), was taken to hospital after he complained of high blood pressure.

Rampal has also been charged with attempt to murder, rioting and illegal detention.

“We have examined him and his condition, including his blood pressure, is stable,” BK Bansal, a doctor at Panchkula’s Sector 6 General Hospital, told media.

The controversial godman was arrested along with his four aides from his Satlok Ashram in Barwala (Haryana) in a joint operation of the Haryana Police and Rapid Action Force on Wednesday night.

Rampal, who was arrested from his ashram after a two-week stand-off, has been charged with sedition or waging war against the nation.

The police on Wednesday safely evacuated a large number of Rampal’s supporters, who reportedly said that they were forced to stay inside the ashram. The state administration claimed that over 10,000 people were evacuated from the ashram.

It may be noted that the clashes between Rampal supporters and security personnel have claimed six lives and left over 200 people injured. Besides, the police also claimed to have arrested over 400 supporters of Rampal.

Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar said this morning, “We have been successful in this mission. No innocent should be killed – that was our focus. Media, administration should be given credit for this.”

(With Agency Inputs)

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