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Godman's followers attack police

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Scores of people were injured as followers of controversial sect leader Rampal fought pitched battles with security forces outside his ashram in Haryana\'s Hisar district on Tuesday.

  • Self-styled godman Rampal defies law
  • Haryana HC issued NBW against him
  • Thousands of cops raid ashram in Hisar district

Barwala (Haryana): Scores of people were injured as followers of controversial sect leader Rampal fought pitched battles with security forces outside his ashram in Haryana's Hisar district on Tuesday.
Police and Sant Rampal's followers indulge in violent clashes at Satlok Ashram in Hisar on Tuesday
The sect followers allegedly fired at the security forces and lobbed petrol bombs and acid pouches, police sources said, besides hurling stones and bricks. The followers rained the missiles from the rooftop of the ashram complex whose outer walls are about 25 feet tall.

Haryana DGP S N Vashisht said: "Our information is that Rampal is inside the ashram. Our strategy is to take out the baba (Rampal) and save the women and children. The operation has started and we are committed to carrying out the high court's directions."

Police sources said over 20,000 security personnel, including the Central Reserve Police Force, Rapid Action Force and Haryana Police, had ringed the ashram complex, which is spread in over 12 acres of land.

The sect leader has been avoiding arrest and has failed to appear before the Punjab and Haryana high Court although non-bailable warrants have been issued against him on November 5.

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