Godman, Rampal Dass, was held guilty by a local court in Haryana’s Hisar in two murder cases, he has been awarded life imprisonment.
On 11 October, the verdict was announced by Additional District and Sessions Judge, DR Chalia via video conferencing. A special court was set up inside Hisar’s Central Jail for the hearing, reported. Rampal is currently lodged at Hisar’s Central Jail-2.
The final arguments in the case against Rampal and 27 of his followers, also accused in the cases, was completed on Monday, 8 October.
About 1,800 policemen were deployed to ensure that no clashes took place in the region, ahead of the verdict and Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which prohibits an assembly of four persons or more, was also put in action, the report added.
The Murder Cases Filed Against Him
In 2008, Rampal’s supporters had allegedly opened fire on villagers in Rohtak, which had killed one person and injured several more. At that point Rampal had been charged with murder and had spent 22 months in prison, Scroll reported.
In 2014, Rampal failed to show up for a court hearing relating to this Rohtak incident, despite 43 summons being issued against him. He was thus arrested in November, 2014.
However, a huge clash, initiated by 15,000 of his followers took place at the ashram before his arrest. The followers claimed to act as his human shield. Following several days of standoff between the followers and the police, the Haryana government decided to disconnect the power and water supply to Rampal’s ashram.
However, Rampal’s followers resorted to throwing stones and acid at the police in response. As a result of the standoff, five women and a child were killed, and over 200 people were injured, the report added. The police held Rampal responsible.
A total of 80 witnesses, including the doctors who had conducted the post-mortem examination of the deceased, had deposed through the trial, the report added.>