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Rampal's ashram: Centre rushing 500 paramilitary troops, IB warns of violence


New Delhi (Nov. 19, 2014): Around 500 paramilitary personnel are being rushed to Haryana to deal with law and order situation at Rampal's ashram in Hisar even as the Intelligence Bureau has warned that there could be more violence if police attempt to arrest the 'godman'.

Responding to an urgent request of the Haryana government, the Home Ministry has dispatched the personnel to assist the state police which is facing violent resistance while trying to arrest Rampal.

"We are mobilising the force from nearby areas and they will reach the spot soon," a Home Ministry official said.

Meanwhile, in a report submitted to the Home Ministry, the Intelligence Bureau said the situation at Rampal's ashram continues to be tense and "there is all likelihood of further violence in case police attempt to get the ashram vacated and arrest Rampal".

"In view of apprehension of retaliation by the inmates of the ashram, there is need for police to tread cautiously," it said.

The report said around 12,000 followers are still inside the ashram. Though the police issued ultimatum to the inmates to vacate the ashram, the inmates have not relented and the standoff continues.

Ruling out any talks with Rampal, authorities mounted pressure on him as sedition and other serious charges were slapped against him and several of his followers while bodies of four women were found in the ashram.

Haryana DGP S N Vashisht said Rampal is still inside the ashram and asserted that police will continue its "operation" till he is arrested for production before Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday in a contempt case.