The sister of controversial 'godman' Rampal and four others, including two women, have been arrested in Hisar in connection with the standoff between the preacher's followers and the police last month during which five women and a child had died, police said on Monday.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Friday adjourned till December 11 hearing on the plea by the ashram of Ashutosh Maharaj, who was declared clinically dead on January 29, seeking a 30-day extension on the deadline given by it to perform last rites of the self-styled 'godman'.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday directed the Punjab government to cremate the body of Ashutosh Maharaj, the chief of Nurmahal-based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan, within 15 days in accordance with due religious rights.
A team of Haryana police has arrived in Madhya Pradesh's Betul district to conduct a search at an under-construction ashram of arrested 'self-styled' godman Rampal, where his commandos were reportedly recruited, trained and sent to Hisar in Haryana.
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.