After dodging the law for several days and openly lodging a war against the nation using his armed supporters, Sant Rampal finally surrendered before the police at 9:21 PM on November 19. He was taken to Panchkula in an ambulance for medical check-up where he was declared. Rampal was later produced at the Punjab & Haryana High Court on Thursday. The HC cancelled the bail granted to him in a 2006 murder case and sent him to judicial custody till November 28. He was later sent to five-day police remand. Rampal claimed innocence even though he is charged with sedition along with murder and abduction.
Earlier, the cops acted tough and arrested several of his aides. They evacuated over 10,000 people from the Satlok Ashram in Hisar. Over 200 people, including 105 cops were injured in the pitched battle yesterday. At least five women died inside the ashram after failing to get medical help. Another 1.5 year old infant too died.
Although Sant Rampal was arrested, many of his supporters are present inside the ashram along with illegal arms and ammunition. They had fired shots at the policemen. Many media people were injured in the police crackdown. The Haryana government has promised action against the guilty cops. A probe has been ordered to find out the reasons behind the death of four women inside The ashram. Interestingly, a lot of people gathered outside the ashram soon after the arrest of Sant Rampal and hailed the Haryana police with slogans and anti-Rampal rants. They erupted into joy and celebrations.
Sant Rampal was summoned by the High Court in connection with a murder case, but he defied the court directive and did not appear, forcing the HC issue a NBW against him and set a deadline for the Haryana government to present him before the court by Nov 21. Rampal had snubbed at least 42 court summons during the Congress regime. But, he failed to show is muscle power before the HC and new BJP Government in Haryana.
Apart from the 2006 murder charge, Rampal was also charged under Sections 121 (waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India, 121A (conspiring to commit certain offences against the state) and 122 (Collecting arms etc. With the intention of waging war against the Govt of India).