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Self-Styled Godman Rampal Found Guilty In 2 Murder Cases By Hisar Court

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| October 11 , 2018 , 14:02 IST

Self-Styled godman 'Sant' Rampal was found guilty by a local court in Haryana's Hisar on Thursday in 2 murder cases against him from 2014. The quantum of punishment for each of the murder cases will be announced on October 16 and 17, Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar said.

The verdict was pronounced by the court of additional district and sessions judge (ADJ) DR Chalia against Rampal, head of Satlok Ashram, amidst high security with a deployment of nearly 1,800 policemen.

The first murder case against Rampal, is regarding the death of a woman in Satlok Ashram in Barwala on November 18, 2014, while the second case refers to the charges against Rampal and 27 of his followers of murder and wrongful confinement after 4 women and a child were found dead in Satlok Ashram on November 19, 2014.

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Thousands of Rampal's followers clashed with police when they came to arrest him at the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on contempt of court charges.

As Police forces attempted to arrest Rampal, nearly 15,000 of his followers at the Satlok Ashram in Barwala, Hisar formed a protective ring around him resulting in a standoff between Rampal's followers and the police. A subsequent 'siege' was laid and after a two-week standoff, Rampal was finally arrested. The clashes leading up to his arrest resulted in the death of 6 people, an injury to more than 200.

Rampal was arrested later on November 19 on charges of murder, attempt to murder, conspiracy, holding illegal weapons and abetting suicide.

In August 2017, Rampal was acquitted in 2 criminal cases by the Hisar court, under IPC sections 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of his public function), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (Assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty).