More than 200 people were injured in violent clashes at self-styled godman Rampal Maharaj’s ashram in Haryana on Tuesday as police lobbed teargas and used batons to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing supporters who vowed to prevent his arrest, police said.
Here's a photo essay capturing the violence that broke out at the Satlok ashram as well as the turmoil that turned Hisar into a war zone.
Security personnel drag away a follower of Rampal during a clash outside Satlok Ashram in Hisar. (PTI Photo)
Devotees sit outside Rampal's ashram to thwart police. (Manoj Dhaka/HT Photo)
Followers sheild Rampal's Satlok Ashram. (PTI Photo)
Supporters stage dharna in support of Rampal. (AP Photo)
Policemen move towards Rampal's supporters in Hisar. (AFP Photo)
Injured supporter of 'godman' Rampal at a hospital in Hisar. (AFP Photo)
Police use batons and water cannon to disperse 'godman's' supporters. (AP Photo)
Police use tear gas to disperse Rampal's supporters. (AP Photo)
Police detain a supporter of Rampal during protest outside the ashram. (Reuters Photo)