Punjab DGP holds meeting with followers of Ashutosh

Punjab Police chief Sumedh Singh Saini on Tuesday meting the followers of Nurmahal-based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan following a recent court order to perform the last rites of the sect head within 15 days.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 02, 2014, 22:18 PM IST

Chandigarh: Punjab Police chief Sumedh Singh Saini on Tuesday meting the followers of Nurmahal-based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan following a recent court order to perform the last rites of the sect head within 15 days.

Saini held a closed door meeting with the followers of Ashutosh Maharaj, head of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan, at his residence here to ensure law and order in the state while following the court's order, officials said here.

Taking lessons from recent violent clashes between police and followers of self-styled godman Rampal at Barwala in neighbouring Haryana's Hisar district last month, the Punjab government does not want to take any chance.

Yesterday, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the Punjab government to conduct the last rites of self-styled godman Ashutosh Maharaj within 15 days.

Judge MMS Bedi had also ordered the formation of a committee comprising senior officers to overlook law and order during the process.

Maharaj, sect leader of 'Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan' at Nurmahal in Jalandhar, was declared clinically dead on January 29 this year after which his disciples placed his body in a deep freezer claiming he had gone into 'samadhi' or deep meditative state.

A petition was filed in April this year by one Dilip Kumar Jha, who claimed to be Ashutosh Maharaj's son, seeking the mortal remains for performing last rites.

Keeping in mind the sensitivity of the case, security had been beefed up at Nurmahal-based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan, officials said.