Self-styled godman Rampal has been found guilty in two murder cases by the Hisar court, today. Convicted in both murder cases, the Hisar Court will announce the quantum of punishment against Rampal on October 16 and 17.
Rampal, who enjoys a huge fan following, is currently lodged at Hisar’s Central Jail-2. He was arrested in November 2015 after a two-week long stand-off between his followers and police which had left six dead and several others injured.
He was booked on charges of murder and wrongful confinement after four women and a child were found dead in Barwala’s Satlok Ashram. Another case was registered against the self-styled godman and his followers after a woman was found dead in his ashram.
A special court was set up inside the jail — Hisar’s Central Jail-1 — to pronounce the judgment via video conference. In the wake of the verdict, nearly 1,800 policemen were deployed to maintain law and order.
Last year, the Hisar court had acquitted Rampal in an 11-year-old conspiracy case. Known to his followers as Satguru Rampalji Maharaj, the ‘godman’ is leader of one of the nearly 100 deras (ashrams, cults) that dot rural Haryana and Punjab.
During the 2014 siege, when six ashram inmates died apparently due to natural causes. Four other deaths are believed to have happened in the ashram over the years. For his followers all that is a lie and conspiracy hatched by “people who do not know him.”