Admn prepares for cremation even as dera sticks to ‘alive’ plea

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Nurmahal (Jalandhar)
  • Updated: Dec 03, 2014 22:45 IST

Even as the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) management is preparing a review petition for the Punjab and Haryana court against a single-bench decision ordering sect head Ashutosh’s cremation, the Jalandhar district administration has started making preparations for the last rites.

“We have started perorations to implement what the court has directed. We have distributed copies of the orders to all officers concerned and we are carrying out a meeting of all officials how to implement the orders. Unless there is a stay order by any court, we will continue preparations,” deputy commissioner KK Yadav told reporters at his office.

“The order has also been circulated to members of the committee constituted by the HC for making preparations.” It was on Monday that the HC had given 15 days to the state government to carry out the cremation.

On the other hand, DJJS spokesperson Swami Vishalananda said the dera would move a petition before a division bench of the HC within two days, and was hopeful of a stay on earlier orders.

'He will come back'

He again insisted that Ashutosh is not dead and is only in Samadhi or deep meditation. This is again in contradiction of the HC’s ruling and the observation that there was no provision of such ‘samadhi’ in Hinduism.

Ashutosh was declared clinically dead in January but has been kept in a freezer — out of bounds for anyone other than the dera management — at the sect’s headquarters.

“Few people can feel this divine feeling. All cannot take this practical experience to go in samadhi. Maharaaj ji (Ashutosh) had told us that when he would go into samadhi for long there would be troubles — like we are witnessing now — but thereafter he would be back. It’s a question of faith,” said Vishalananda.

Illegal barricades removed

The dera men on Wednesday lifted the illegal barricades installed on a public road passing by the sect’s premises, after the media highlighted how they had taken over public property and were controlling all affairs, rendering the police helpless.

But the 10-odd CCTV cameras installed by the sect on the 1-km stretch remained, and so did elevated posts (machaan) where DJJS men were deployed to keep watch. Members of the security wing of the dera also remained at the entry gate of the Sansthan and near the parking space, though without intercepting passing vehicles.

Arrival of devotees continued in large numbers on Wednesday. DSP Satish Malhotra said around 3,000 people visited the dera: “But they are leaving too.”

On Wednesday, the DC said he had asked senior superintendent of police (SSP), rural, Narinder Bhargav to get any such illegal barricading removed. “No illegal barricade by any private persons would be allowed at any pubic road, and police will do that whenever and wherever it would be required,” the DC said.

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