The Hush Post| 13:28pm| 3-min-read
A sessions court in Hisar, Haryana pronounced self-styled godman Rampal guilty in two cases of murder, on Thursday. The court of Additional District and Sessions judge D R Chalia pronounced the verdict, a report said. The court had completed the final arguments in the cases against Rampal, head of Satlok Ashram, on Monday.
The police had booked Rampal and 27 of his followers on the charges of murder and wrongful confinement. Four women and a child were found dead in his Hisar ashram on November 19, 2014.
The cops had registered the first case against Rampal and his followers after finding a woman dead at his ashram on November 18.
A total of 80 witnesses, including doctors who conducted the post-mortem on the victims, deposed during the trial.
Apprehending mob violence, the administration has deployed more than 4,000 police personnel, besides paramilitary troops, in Hisar and surrounding areas.
Rampal had in 2014 resisted a police operation for his arrest on orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court. Refusing to appear in the court, he had holed himself up inside his ashram.
The police had arrested him after a tense and long standoff between his supporters and the police. To prevent his arrest, close to 15,000 of his followers had laid siege to the Satlok Ashram in 2014. The standoff had turned violent, resulting in the death of five persons. He is already in jail.