Rohtak: Police try to evict over 1,000 protestors from inside ashram

With the standoff over the Rohtak ashram showing no signs of ending, police are now trying to evict over 1,000 people who are inside the controversial Satlok ashram in the district.

FP Staff May 14, 2013 14:22:07 IST
Rohtak: Police try to evict over 1,000 protestors from inside ashram

With the standoff over the Rohtak ashram showing no signs of ending, police are now trying to evict over 1,000 people who are inside the controversial Satlok ashram in the district.

Rohtak Police try to evict over 1000 protestors from inside ashram

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Over 1,000 supporters of Godman Sant Rampal have gathered inside the ashram after a group of Arya Samaj followers took out a protest march against him. The crowds were objecting to the opening of the ashram at Karontha village, around 10 km from Rohtak.

The protestors marched towards the ashram when they were stopped by the police on the Rohtak-Jhajjar national highway. Police officials have claimed that protesters had firearms with them and had fired, while protesters claimed that the police attack on them was unprovoked.

Subsequent clashes killed three people.

Section 144 has now been imposed around the ashram, and police are pleading with supporters to come out. "We are requesting you with folded hands to pelase come out, we do not want to resort to violence", said one policeman through a megaphone.

2, 500 police personnel and three companies of the para-military forces have been deputed at the site and the Chief Minister of Haryana has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

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