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Self-styled godman Sant Rampal’s Satlok Ashram found to possess a huge cache of arms and ammunition, petrol bombs, acid syringes and a chilli grenade, according Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Haryana Police which raided the highly-fortified arshram.
During its search, the SITalso found a pregnancy test strip in the ashram. The articles were recovered from a room adjacent to one of Rampal’s rooms. Shockingly, police also found a woman lying unconscious and locked in a bathroom, reports PTI. The lady, identified to be resident of Madhya Pradesh’s Ashok Nagar village, was later admitted to general hospital.
Three persons were taken into custody by police who were hiding in the same premises from where the controversial 63 year old Sant Rampal was arrested in a murder caseon November 19. These three persons later identified as Yaadramof Jakhli in Badaun District of UP; Ravi of Kharati, Chhattisgarh; and Rameshof Dhani Sillanwali in Bhiwani District of Haryana.
A Police Department spokesperson said while briefing to media that the team recovered three .32 bore revolvers, 19 air guns, two DBBL 12 bore, two .315 bore rifles, 28 cartridges of .32 bore, 50 cartridges of 12 bore and 25 cartridges of .315 bore.
Police also informed that those weapons were kept in bags and almirahs in secret untraceablerooms in the ashram, wherein police also found helmets, sticks, 20 pairs of black dresses, and two tanks containing 800 litres of diesel and catapult.
Why a priest like Sant Rampal needs all these weapons of terrorists? What he was doing with all these dangerous weapons which are unlawful to possess? The search of his sprawling ashram is still on. The police and intelligence sleuths could dig further using numerous CCTV cameras installed at several key-points in ashram.
Over 12 acres wide ashram, located adjacent to Chandigarh-Hissar national highway in Haryana, has ‘satsang’ hall with seating capacity for 50,000 people.
Seven separate cases were registered against the Rampal and his followers, said the police spokesman while adding that nearly 865 accused were arrested under these cases, in addition to nine others who were taken on police remand.