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Godman Rampal and his escape journey

  • Sant Rampal, Haryana, Hisar, Murder, Sonepat, Kabir, Punjab and Haryana High Court
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    Born to a family of farmers in Sonepat district’s Thanana village on September 8, 1951, Rampal claims to be an incarnation of the 15th century mystic poet Kabir. After proclaiming himself as a 'saint', Rampal started setting up ashrams across Haryana. The number of followers swelled as word got around of his being an incarnation of Kabir

  • Sant Rampal, Haryana, Hisar, Murder, Sonepat, Kabir, Punjab and Haryana High Court
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    He joined the Haryana government’s irrigation and public health department as junior engineer after getting a diploma in engineering. While some reports claim that he was dismissed from service for carelessness at work, others claim that he chose to resign voluntarily after 18 years of service and dedicate himself to spirituality While in government service, Rampal came in touch with a seer named Ramdevanand and became his dedicated disciple. In 1999, Rampal set up his own ashram (again while in government service) in Rohtak district’s Karontha village. A woman named Kamala Devi donated land for the ashram.

  • Sant Rampal, Haryana, Hisar, Murder, Sonepat, Kabir, Punjab and Haryana High Court
    Police use batons and water cannon to disperse supporters of controversial guru Sant Rampal outside Satlok Ashram in Hisar on Tuesday

    There is heavy security around the ashram, spread over 12 acres in Barwala town. Besides hundreds of policemen, security personnel on horseback are patrolling the roads. On Tuesday, the police used water cannons and teargas to try and disperse devotees before breaking into the fortified ashram. At least 2,000 people, including women and infants, had formed a human wall outside the complex, said the police.

  • Sant Rampal, Haryana, Hisar, Murder, Sonepat, Kabir, Punjab and Haryana High Court
    Supporters of controversial guru Sant Rampal displaying his photographs as they gather to show their support at a protest at Jantar Mantar ...

    Rampal,is an accused in the 2006 killing of a villager in firing by his supporters. The Punjab and Haryana High Court summoned him after lawyers attacked by his followers in July sought cancellation of his bail. Rampal has skipped court 43 times in four years

  • Sant Rampal, Haryana, Hisar, Murder, Sonepat, Kabir, Punjab and Haryana High Court
    A JCB machine burns during violent clash between Police and Sant Rampal's followers at Satlok Ashram in Hisar on Tuesday

    The court has ordered Rampal's arrest by Friday for repeatedly ignoring its summons. Despite three warrants since November 5, the controversial guru has managed to avoid arrest, protected by armed supporters at his ashram

  • Sant Rampal, Haryana, Hisar, Murder, Sonepat, Kabir, Punjab and Haryana High Court
    Police and Sant Rampal's followers indulge in violent clashes at Satlok Ashram in Hisar on Tuesday. Supporters of Rampal indulged in ...

    The police claim an unspecified number of men, women and children are still inside, and most have been held against their will. There is no water or electricity in the complex and people are believed to be unwell

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