Ashram vacated, Arya Samajis call off protest

Three days after a violent clash broke out at Karontha village of the district, followers of the Arya Samaj have called off their agitation when supporters of Sant Rampal vacated the Satlok Ashram here on Wednesday morning.

In the wake of the clash that left three dead and more than 100 injured, the district administration forced Rampal's supporters to vacate the ashram after invoking Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) on Tuesday evening.

Though tension prevailed throughout the day as the Arya Samajis had laid the body of Promila Devi, one of the victims, in the middle of the Jhajjar-Rohtak road for the second consecutive day, they called off their agitation after two rounds of talks with the district administration officials.

The paramilitary forces were entrusted with the responsibility to guard the ashram after it was vacated by the supporters of Rampal.

Meanwhile, Arya Samajis cremated the body of Promila Devi at the village crematorium in the presence of villagers and district administration officials.

Deputy commissioner (DC) Vikas Gupta said the stand-off between the Arya Samaj and the Satlok management ended on Wednesday evening. "Traffic on the Jhajjar-Rohtak road will be resumed soon," he said.

Court rejects plea for search operation
After violence erupted at the village over vacating the ashram, the district administration filed an application in a local court, seeking launch of a search operation, demanded by the Arya Samajis, to check that ashram inmates carried firearms. The court, however, rejected the application on the ground that the district subdivisional magistrate (SDM) was the competent authority to take decision on the matter.

Black out in Karontha
Residents of Karontha village rued that since the day violence erupted between the Arya Samajis and followers of Rampal, the village's power supply had been hit and the entire village was bearing the brunt of lawlessness triggered by a handful of people.


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