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Now, villagers boycott Rampal's supporters

Thirteen days after a violent clash at Karontha village of the district left three dead and more than 100 injured, the panchayat boycotted families of 10 supporters of Sant Rampal here on Saturday evening.

india Updated: May 26, 2013 22:34 IST
Sat Singh

Thirteen days after a violent clash at Karontha village of the district left three dead and more than 100 injured, the panchayat boycotted families of 10 supporters of Sant Rampal here on Saturday evening.


The move came after a brawl took place between Raju alias Kala, son of Jagdish Pandit (Arya Samaji), with Anoop Singh, son of Hukam (a follower of Sant Rampal), on Saturday morning.

Raju reportedly used abusive language for Rampal at a village pond where Anoop was also present, leading to an argument. Raju, with the support of other villagers, reportedly manhandled Anoop, who later reported the matter to police.

Thereafter, a village panchayat was organised in which a decision was taken to boycott all 10 families of Sant Rampal's supporters living in the village.

Villagers disconnected water supply and cable connection to the houses of the said families and announced the village panchayat's decision of not allowing them to purchase anything from the village shops.

Barbers in the village were also told not to cut hair of the members of the said families and drivers of autorickshaws, the only source of transportation from the village to the town, were also warned not to go against the panchayat's decision.

The panchayat also decided to impose a fine of Rs 1,100 on anyone found violating the decision with a similar warning of social boycott.

A member of the village panchayat, on the condition of anonymity, told Hindustan Times that the said families could be saved from the wrath of the villagers if they accepted their fault in the village's temple and burned Rampal's portrait in front of the entire village.

Talking to Hindustan Times, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Vivek Sharma said that the police had received a complaint from a supporter of Sant Rampal and a counter complaint from residents of Karontha village accusing each other of harassment.

The Sadar station house officer (SHO) has been directed to investigate the issue and take action in the case.

Given the animosity between Arya Samjis and Rampal supporters, the latter's families are in fear of their life.

Repeated calls to deputy commissioner (DC) Vikas Gutpa went unanswered.
After Sant Rampal was handed back the possession of the Satlok Ashram at Karontha village, a clash had erupted on May 12 when Arya Samajis, including residents of the village, had attempted to get the ashram vacated forcefully.

Though later Rampal supporters were shifted to an ashram in Hisar, Arya Samajis are still adamant on demolishing the ashram building and complete ouster of the supporters of the self-styled godman.