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Six securty personnel arrested during raid on Rampal’s ashram

Rampal followers at Hisar

Chandigarh: An Army man and a head constable were among six security personnel arrested from godman Rampal’s ashram at Barwala in Hisar district during the operation to apprehend the controversial preacher, the Haryana government today told the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Amid thick security cover, Rampal along with his two associates Ram Kanwar Dhaka and O P Hooda was produced before a division bench of the court comprising justices M Jeyapaul and Darshan Singh here which adjourned the contempt proceedings to January 29 while directing them to appear before the court again.

During the about 55-minute proceedings in the jampacked court room, the Haryana government, through its counsel, filed two sets of affidavits before the court.

One affidavit was filed on behalf of Haryana director General of Police (DGP) Shriniwas Vashist and other by Additional Chief Secretary P K Mahapatra.

In his affidavit, the DGP told the court that six security personnel were arrested from the dera premises during the entire operation to nab Rampal.

Of the six arrested, four belonged to Army out of whom three are retired and one serving and two of police, including one dismissed cop and other serving, the court was told.

“Shyam Sunder of Agra district is with the Rajasthan Rifles at Regiment Centre Delhi while Bijender Singh of Rohtak district is serving as Head Constable with Haryana Police,” the court was told.

Besides, three retired Army personnel Bishambar of Jhajjar district of Haryana, Yogender of Nepal and Desh Raj from Fatehabad in Haryana were arrested during the operation.

Of the other personnel arrested, Rajender from Sonipat is a dismissed head constable of Haryana Police, the court was told.

The bench directed the Ministry of Defence and Haryana Police to place on record the action taken against the six personnel on the next hearing in the case.

In another affidavit filed by Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary, the court was told that Rampal had ten accounts with different banks at Barwala town with savings worth over Rs 1.32 crore.

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