Haryana ‘godman’ Rampal evades detention
NEW DELHI: Haryana government has sought from Union
Home Ministry a few Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to monitor the activities of controversial
self-styled ‘godman’ Rampal in his Hisar campus after he failed to appear in
court in a contempt case.
The state government is planning to deploy the UAVs to
monitor Rampal’s movement, activities within his campus, the number of people
gathered there and whether they are carrying arms and explosives, a Home
Ministry official said.
A police officer makes an announcement near the Satlok
Ashram for the arrest of Sant Rampal in Hisar on Monday. (Source: PTI Photo) A
police officer makes an announcement near the Satlok Ashram for the arrest of
Sant Rampal in Hisar on Monday.
The request by Haryana came weeks after Delhi Police
had deployed UAVs in the national capital’s Trilokpuri locality to monitor
situation there following communal violence.
The gadgets are being held by National Security Guard
and Central Reserve Police Force and one of them may be asked to send the UAVs
to Haryana, the official said.
Rampal today failed to appear before the Punjab and
Haryana High Court and sought more time. His supporters claimed that he has
been taken from his ashram in Barwala in Hisar district to an undisclosed
destination for “treatment”.
The Centre has already sent about 1,400 CRPF personnel
to Haryana for upkeep of law and order in view of prevailing tension around the
Hisar ashram of Rampal, against whom the arrest warrant is pending.