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SIT to probe cases against Rampal, most followers leave Ashram

PTI 20 Nov 2014, 18:42:35 PM IST

Barwala (Haryana): Haryana Police today ordered setting up of a Special Investigation Team to probe certain cases registered in the wake of the tense two-week stand-off inside ‘godman' Rampal's Satlok Ashram here.

“A Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Hisar SP (Satender Kumar Gupta) will investigate some cases. Two DSPs and four Inspectors and others too will be part of the SIT,” Inspector General of Police (Hisar Range) A K Rao told PTI.

Over 35 fresh cases, including that of sedition, have been slapped against 63-year-old Rampal and his followers that include his key aides. A total of 460 persons have been arrested so far on various charges in connection with the stand-off that came to an end last night with the arrest of Rampal from his Ashram.

Security personnel today entered the Ashram and also allowed entry to the mediapersons even as more followers were flushed out from the premises, whose main gate was opened in the afternoon.

“We have now got a search warrant from the court and a thorough and proper search will be conducted,” he said, adding most of the followers who had been holed up had come out.

Rao hoped a few who were still inside would leave and the authorities would facilitate them to reach their destinations.

“Our main aim was to execute the High Court's Non-Bailable Warrant against Rampal and to ensure safety and security of the innocent lives,” he said.

Rao said police would thoroughly check the Ashram premises and it had already got several photos of the suspects who had created trouble on Tuesday and would see if these match with anymore followers who are found still inside the sprawling 12 acre campus.