November 20, 2014
The 12-acre ashram of Rampal, a self-styled "godman" in
Haryana has been sealed and is being guarded now by the Central Reserve Police
Force or CRPF.
In searches at the ashram, 33 weapons - 23-12 bore rifles, 10. 315 bore rifles
and a pistol - were found, besides a few Molotov cocktails.
Special Investigation Team has been setup up by The Haryana Police and said
searches at the ashram would continue. Rampal meanwhile has been shifted to the
Hisar Central Jail.
As per the information given by Police apart from the guru, they have arrested
more than 500 followers, including 250 members of a "private army" dedicated to
his protection, some of whom were armed with knives.
Rampal's arrest, on Thursday morning hundreds huddled over breakfast in an open
eating area in the Hisar ashram. Amid stacks of blankets sat bewildered
followers of the controversial guru - he said to have more than 25 lakh
followers - many refusing to leave. They were all persuaded to leave by early
There is a huge common kitchen in the ashram to feed the thousands that gathered
there and huge piles of food grain stocked up.
A library, an infirmary, big lecture hall with LED Screens are also in the
Rampal lived in a five-storey building in the complex. As policemen broke into
the building, this morning, they discovered a swimming pool. That is not the
only luxury Rampal, who was a junior engineer in the state government's service
till 14 years ago, enjoyed. He is said to also own a fleet of luxury cars
including BMWs and Mercedes.
All the doors to Rampal's mansion were locked this morning. The police had to
break down doors and windows and climb to higher floors using ladders. Entire
floors had been shrouded in netting. Many parts of the ashram were under
The ashram has 30 feet high, two feet thick walls surrounding it and it is very
difficult to enter into the Ashram.