New Delhi: A local court in Haryana’s Hisar on Thursday found self-styled godman Rampal, guilty in two murder cases against him. As per reports, the quantum of punishment for each of the murder cases will be pronounced on October 16 and 17.
The court of additional district and sessions judge, DR Chalia pronounced the verdict in the 2014 murder cases against the self-styled godman. The final arguments in the cases against Rampal, head of Satlok Ashram, and his followers were completed on Monday.
Following the judgment, more than 4,000 security personnel have been deployed in Hisar and adjoining areas to maintain Law and Order.
2014 murder cases
- The present judgment is in regard to the two cases of murder against Rampal – which date back to November 2014.
- The first case involves the death of a woman in the Satlok Ashram in Barwala on November 18, 2014. While, in the second case, Rampal and 27 of his followers were booked on charges of murder and wrongful confinement after four women and a child were found dead in Satlok Ashram in Barwala town of Hisar on November 19, 2014.
- Owing to the murder cases, 28 people were detained in 2014 including Rampal and his followers, on the orders from the high court. The charges against them included murder and abetment of suicide.
- Rampal was arrested from his ashram on November 19, 2014, after a two-week long tussle between security personnel and his followers. At that time more than 5,000 security personnel were deployed by the state and central government.
Who is Rampal?
Rampal is a self-styled godman born in Dhanana, a small village in Sonipat, Haryana. He also served as a Junior Engineer in Irrigation Department in Haryana. In 1995, he left the job. Four years later, he started Satlok Ashram in Hisar. In the period between quitting his job and starting the Ashram, Rampal gained a huge following based on his fellowship with Swami Ramdevanand and his belief in “Kabir Panth”.