Self-Styled Godman Rampal Acquitted In Rioting Case

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Chandigarh: The district attorney (DA), Rajender Kumar, said that the court was temporarily shifted to the Central Jail number 1 in view of the security arrangements where the accused Rampal is presently lodged with other accomplices.

The court of Judicial Magistrate (first class) Mukesh Kumar had completed the process of evidence in the FIR numbers 426 and 427 registered in Barwala police station on November 17 and November 18 in 2015, respectively.

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Rampal had resisted the police operation to arrest him on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court while holed up inside his Satlok Ashram in Barwala town of Hisar.

The standoff turned violent resulting in death of five persons and injuries to several others. Among the accused are Rampal and some of his key associates, including Purshotam Dass , Rajkumar, Mahinder Singh, Rajender Singh and Rajkapoor. Rampal is presently lodged in jail.

Sources said the accused were facing charges under Sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the IPC in the two criminal cases.

The Judicial Magistrate Mukesh Kumar had deferred the date of hearing to August 29 after the police cited tension in view of the Sacha Sauda case during previous hearing on August 24.

The verdict was being eagerly awaited in the wake of the CBI court sentencing Sirsa dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years in jail.

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