A Hisar court on Tuesday sentenced self-styled godman Rampal to life imprisonment for his involvement in two murder cases.
The court on October 11 convicted Rampal and his followers in two separate murder cases. He was convicted under Sections 302 (murder), 120(b) (criminal conspiracy) and 343 of the Indian Penal Code.
Out of the two cases against Rampal and his followers, one was lodged on the complaint of one Shivpal of Mithapur near Badrapur in Delhi and the other was lodged by Suresh of Jakhora village of Lalitpur district in Uttar Pradesh. Each of them alleged that their wives had been help captive and murdered inside the Satlok Ashram in Barwala village.
In 2014, when the police went to arrest Rampal to produce him before the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a 2006 murder case, his followers formed a human shield around him and sieged the ashram. The supporters resorted to violence using guns, batons, stones and acid. The police finally arrested him after days of standoff.
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Rampal and his supporters were charged with murder and wrongful confinement after four women and a child were found dead at the Satlok Ashram in Hisar’s Barwala town on November 19, 2014.
Rampal is the founder of the Satlok Ashram in Barwala and a follower and worshipper of the 15th-century poet and mystic Kabir, who is known for his message of tolerance. He is the head of a religious sect called Kabir Panth.