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Admn orders Satlok ashram inmates to leave

india Updated: May 14, 2013 21:30 IST
Sat Singh
Sat Singh
Hindustan Times
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Two days after violent clashes at Karontha village, the district administration on Tuesday showed some resolve by deciding to get the Satlok Ashram vacated under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).


Rohtak deputy commissioner Vikas Gupta said that an appeal has been made to the people to vacate the area surrounding the Satlok Ashram and return home. The decision to get the ashram vacated under Section 144 has been taken to maintain peace and harmony in the area, the DC said.

After supporters of Ashram refused to vacate, district administration called in a JCB machine to raze the Ashram gate and vacate the followers using force. After a tussle of two hours, the Satlok management finally gave in on Tuesday and agreed for eviction on the condition of transporting the ashram inmates to another dera located in Barwala of Hisar district.

Lawlessness since May 12
Lawlessness was prevailing in Karontha, a village 12kms from Rohtak, since May 12 after three persons were killed in violent clashes and ensuing gun battles between supporters of Arya Samaj, Satlok Ashram and the police.

Arya Samajis and Satlok management had a history of clashes the dates to 2006. Fresh trouble begin on Sunday after the possession of Ashram premises was given to them on the court orders.

The protest of Arya Samajis who laid the dead body of Promila Devi (one of the victim) on Jhajjar-Rohtak road since Monday afternoon got support from nearby strongholds of Arya Samaj on Tuesday morning. The corpse of Udayveer who too was killed in Sunday's violence was placed beside Promila's mortal remains for exerting pressure on administration to get the Ashram vacated.

The protesters said they would not cremate the dead bodies till the Ashram precincts are vacated by Rampal supporters.

Meanwhile, an uneasy calm prevailed in Barwala in Hisar as Ashram devotees started shifting base. There were apprehensions that buses which would be ferrying the devotees from Karontha might be attacked on the way to Barwala. The police officials said, tight vigil was being kept on the national highway -10 through which devotees would be ferried.

Hisar administration on Tuesdsay increased the vigil in Barwala. IG Hisar range, SS Kapoor and Superintendent of police, B S Balan met Ashram management officials. Balan said that there was no threat to the devotees but still they have increased the police presence as a preventive measure.

Violence on Tuesday
Protesters who were assembled near Karontha village continued targeting roadways buses plied by district administration for carrying the Ashram inmates from Karontha to Barwala ashram of Hisar on Tuesday. Three water tankers brought down for police force were also torched by mob, sitting near the dead body on Jhajjar-Rohtak road.

Tensions flared again for a while, when roadways buses carrying Rampal supporters from ashram to Barwala ashram near Dighal village were pelted stones. Any untoward situation was prevented by police force deployed in the area enroute and escorting their
vehicle.

Transportation of inmates being interrupted
After more than 2,000 Rampal supporters were transported to Barwala ashram by district administration, remaining inmates inside the Satlok Ashram refused to vacate the Ashram. Administration has shifted majority of the women and children present inside the Ashram in the first lot of transporting to Barwala ashram.

District administration was busy in process of dialogue with Satlok management, while protesters remained on road with dead bodies of Promila Devi and Udayveer with their demand of vacating the Ashram, till filing of this report.