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Baba Rampal arrested from Satlok Ashram

Hisar: Baba Rampal has been finally arrrested by Haryana Police from his Satlok Ashram. He was whisked away in an ambulance for medical check up to Rohtak PG.Rampal will be produced in Hisar court tomorrow,
India TV News Desk November 19, 2014 23:24 IST
India TV News Desk

Hisar: Baba Rampal has been finally arrrested by Haryana Police from his Satlok Ashram. He was whisked away in an ambulance for medical check up to Rohtak PG.

Rampal will be produced in Hisar court tomorrow, according to Panipat SP.

DGP S N Vashisht said that Rampal had been taken into custody following an operation which was “very tough” since the forces had to deal with a hostile army of his commandos.

Panipat SP, B Sateesh Balan, who was among the five SPs of neighbouring Hisar who took part in the operation to hunt down the engineer-turned ‘godman', said he did not surrender but was arrested from Satlok ashram where four women died mysteriously and two others in hospital in the midst of the showdown.

“Rampal has been arrested from his Satlok Ashram. He is being taken for a medical examination after which tomorrow morning he will be produced before a court at Hisar,” Balan said.

The entire operation was carefully calibrated keeping in mind the safety of a large number of people stranded inside.  “We are happy that the entire operation went off peacefully,” a senior officer said.

The media, present in large numbers, was asked to clear the way for the ambulances to enter the ashram, police said.

Haryana Police will produce Rampal in court tomorrow. The arrest was made at around 9.21 p.m.The arrest came after a seige of more than 10 days.

The police took Rampal away with his face covered bya cloth. A sense of relief spread in the neighbouring areas of satlok ashram after the arrest of Rampal. People were seen celebrating the arrest of self-styled godman

Earlier,amid warning of more violence by IB, unidentified persons set on fire many vehicles parked outside Satlok ashram where Sant Rampal is hiding.

According to information available with India TV, Sant Rampal's ashram has three bunkers and Rampal is presently hiding in one of these bunkers along with his black commandos.

Around 500 paramilitary personnel are being rushed to Haryana to deal with law and order situation at Rampal's ashram in Hisar even as the Intelligence Bureau has warned that there could be more violence if police attempt to arrest the ‘godman'.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today asked Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to bring about an early end to the standoff between police and supporters of self-styled godaman Rampal in Hisar, amidst 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.

Sources said Singh told the Chief Minister to do the needful to resolve the issue as early as possible and assured all central assistance in its endeavour.  

Sources said the Home Ministry was said to be unhappy with the face-off between Rampal's supporters and police continuing and wanted a quick end to it.  Officials felt that the state government could have handled the situation in a much better manner without taking too much time.