New Delhi: Noted yoga guru Baba Ramdev has severely slammed Sant Rampal, who was arrested by the Haryana Police from his Satlok Ashram in Hisar after a high drama on Wednesday.
Giving his reaction to the turn of unfortunate events in Hisar's Barwala, which resulted in the death of at least six people when Rampal's supporters resisted the police from arresting him, Baba Ramdev on Thursday said, “These activities are not acceptable at all.”
The yoga guru went on to say that “such kind of saints should be boycotted by the people”.
Earlier, the Art of Living founder and spiritual guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had also condemned the showdown between Rampal's supporters and the Haryana Police.
Sri Sri also said that “leaders should not think they were above the law,” and added, “simplicity and sacrifice should drive the leaders.”
“Events like this cause fear and disgust for religion and spirituality,” he further said.
However, he emphasised that though people of all religions who misuse faith for personal gain should be severely dealt with, at the same time, innocent leaders must be protected.
Haryana Police finally arrested the elusive self-styled godman Rampal on Wednesday evening from his fortified Satlok Ashram near Barwala. At least six people lost their lives in the stand-off as Rampal eluded the police, while many of his key aides and around 450 supporters were also arrested.
After his arrest, Rampal was whisked away in an ambulance by the police from the ashram.
The deaths of five women and an infant occurred during a stand-off and violent clashes between the controversial sect leader's followers and the security forces.
Senior police officers, and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Haryana Police personnel entered the ashram complex yesterday evening and arrested Rampal around 9.15 pm.
Rampal has been slapped with fresh cases of sedition, attempt to murder, rioting and illegal detention.
The sect leader had been avoiding arrest and failed to appear before the Punjab and Haryana high court although non-bailable warrants were issued against him Nov 5.
Rampal's supporters had indulged in vandalism in a court in Hisar in July when he was going there in connection with a 2006 murder case.
The high court took suo motu notice of the incident and had summoned Rampal.
He will be produced before the high court today.