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Rampal was arrested last night from his ashram in Barwala after an over two-week tense standoff between police and his supporters. Photo: AFP
Rampal was arrested last night from his ashram in Barwala after an over two-week tense standoff between police and his supporters. Photo: AFP

Godman Rampal booked for murder, SIT formed: DGP

The DGP also said if during the course of investigations if any Maoist link to the controversial figure is found, it will be thoroughly probed

Barwala/Chandigarh: On a day of swift developments, Haryana police on Thursday slapped charges of murder and violence against arrested “godman" Rampal, formed a special investigation team (SIT) and made 469 arrests, including three persons from Nepal.

“469 people have been arrested while more people are being questioned. Out of the total arrests made, 118 belong to Rajasthan, 116 Haryana, 72 Madhya Pradesh, 10 Bihar, 83 Uttar Pradesh and three from Nepal," Haryana DGP S.N. Vashisht said in Chandigarh.

Claiming success of the operation, he declared at a press conference that the operation at Satlok Ashram in Barwala was successful and all followers holed up inside had come out.

Vashisht also said if during the course of investigations if any Maoist link to the controversial figure is found, it will be thoroughly probed.

He said on Thursday also, followers came out in numbers from inside the ashram and nearly 4,000 of them, including 1,500 women, came out of the complex. Now no more followers, who had earlier been holed up, were left inside.

“The operation remained successful as our priority was to save innocent lives and to execute the court order to arrest Rampal," DGP said.

He said all those arrested, against whom charges ranging from murder, attempt to murder, rioting, sedition and criminal conspiracy were registered, will be quizzed.

“We have also arrested Rampal’s key aide Baljeet, whose daughter Babita too has been arrested and from her one laptop, six mobile phones, 10 hard disks, 17 CDs, three telephone diaries and five files have been recovered.

“A special team including cyber experts, will scan all these equipment and whatever information we get during the course of the investigation will shared with you," he said.

He said that another key aide Ram Kunwar Dhaka too has been arrested, while Rampal’s brother and key functionary Purshottam Dass and others were nabbed earlier.

Regarding the murder charge slapped today, the DGP said, “I want to say that two other cases have been registered in Barwala and these pertain to murder. The six deaths that occurred (during siege inside Ashram that included an infant and five women) have been covered in these two cases."

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