Hisar: Uneasy calm prevailed around the Satlok Ashram on Friday with the police and supporters of self-styled godman Sant Rampal appearing headed for a face-off, as heavy police force is closing-in to execute the court orders to arrest him.
The situation is volatile around the ashram, which has been created into a virtual fortress by the disciples of controversial godman who have gathered in large numbers to prevent his arrest in a contempt of court case.
Hisar-Barwala Road had been blocked and prohibitory orders were imposed around the ashram, police said, adding senior police officials were camping in the district and keeping a close eye on the volatile situation.
Senior police officials today assessed the situation in view of the disciples adopting aggressive attitude towards Punjab and Haryana High Court order to arrest and produce the controversial self styled godman on November 17.
The disciples of the godman have maintained that they would not allow the police to arrest him till he recovers completely.
Earlier, the doctors monitoring him had pronounced his health as normal.
A large number of supporters of Rampal, including women and children, are still in and outside the ashram, where power supply had been disconnected and there was apprehension of them resorting to violence to avert the arrest, senior police official said.
The police force is getting closer to the ashram and about forty ambulances are ready in case of a showdown between the police and followers of the godman.