In a major verdict, Hisar Court has held self-proclaimed godman Rampal guilty in both murder cases filed against him. All the accused including the supporters of Rampal have been convicted in the murder charges.
The special court will pronounce the sentence on the first FIR (429) on October 16 and on the second FIR (430) on October 17. He was charged with the murder of five women and a child in his Satlok Ashram on August 18, 2017.
Final arguments in the cases against Rampal and his followers were completed on Monday. Notably, the Godman’s supporters reach Hisar in large numbers every time a hearing takes place in the case. Certainly, this time also, a large number of supporters of the godman are expected to reach Hisar due to the verdict.
In an earlier verdict on August 29, 2017, a local court had acquitted Rampal in two criminal cases, first for wrongful confinement of his followers and second for causing hindrances for public servants from performing their duties.
Prior to the verdict in the case, Section 144 was imposed in the region after which police forces from several districts and as well as five companies of Para Military forces were deployed in Hisar and the surrounding areas to prevent disruption of law and order. Hisar borders were blockaded for the past two days to prevent the entry of Rampal’s supporters in the premises following the verdict. The police had also intensified security at the deserted Satlok Ashram as well. Furthermore, trains coming from different parts of Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana to Hisar had been stopped by the court on Wednesday.
"Ahead of the verdict on self-styled godman Rampal, we have taken adequate measures to maintain law and order. Around 2000 police personnel have been deployed in the area," said Ashok Kumar Meena, District Collector, Hisar.
The district attorney in the case is going to give his statement shortly.