Little was he known as junior engineer with the Haryana irrigation department more than a decade back, but Sant Rampal lived an absolute lavish life with a huge fan following after being sacked from his job.
A large number of followers of 'godman' Rampal, who had been holed up in his ashram here for days, came out on Wednesday and narrated how they were virtually confined there along with "thousands" more who too were "desperately" wanting to leave the premises.
In the wake of armed resistance by Rampal's supporters on Tuesday, Haryana Police has slapped sedition and other charges against the controversial 'godman' and several of his followers that include officials of his Satlok Ashram.
With the situation at the ashram of 'godman' Rampal in Hisar district's Barwala town turning volatile, state DGP S N Vashisht Tuesday said the police was committed to bring out the godman who was "still inside" even as he described the operation as "very tough".
Haryana government has ordered immediate screening of all Delhi-bound vehicles to check the movement of followers of controversial 'godman' Rampal to the national capital for a reported dharna at the Jantar Mantar.
The district and police administration on Monday faced an uphill task in dispersing 'godman' Rampal's followers, including a large number of women and children, who had pitched camp at his Satlok Ashram here.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday issued fresh non-bailable warrants against controversial sect leader Rampal and directed the Haryana government and police to present him definitely in court on Friday.
A day after the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued fresh non-bailable arrest warrants against a self-styled godman in a contempt of court case, his disciples today reaffirmed to resist attempt by police to appehend him.
A self-styled godman has been arrested for allegedly raping a television actress and duping her of Rs 25.70 lakh under the pretext of exorcising her and her property in suburban Kandivali, police said today.
The defence in sexual assault case involving Asaram on Thursday argued before a local court that the self-styled godman was a victim of "international conspiracy" hatched to defame the saint community in India.