'Barwala episode could have been avoided had Hooda govt acted in 2013'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Nov 28, 2014 19:58 IST

The ugly situation created at Barwala by controversial ashram head Rampal in which six persons died could have been averted if the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda government had accepted Arya Samaj's request to search the ashram inmates during the Karontha violence in 2013. This was stated by Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Haryana, general secretary Rampal Arya during a press interaction at Dayanand Math in Rohtak on Friday.

On May 12, 2013, a clash broke out between Arya Samajis and Rampal's followers, when the latter tried to take control of his Karontha-based Satlok Ashram following the court order. Dubbing Rampal as a polarising figure, "who pollutes minds of innocent villagers", Arya Samajis had waged a war against him in which three had died.

Talking to HT, Rampal Arya said when the then chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda government tried to shift ashram inmates to Barwala ashram, they allowed to do shift the assets in trucks without searching them. Arya said since two persons were killed from bullets fired from inside the ashram, they had requested Hooda to make a search operation before relocating the inmates to other place, but all in vain.

"As many as 48 truck loaded with assets and covered by blankets were shifted to Barwala ashram from Karontha by Rampal's followers under police security, which possibly contained arms and ammunition used by them during the Barwala standoff with Haryana government," he said.

Hailing the efforts of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Sabha president Acharya Baldev said they were indebted to the state government for putting up strenuous efforts in bringing Hisar ashram head Rampal to book. He said four Arya Samajis had lost their lives in 2006 and 2014 in a clash with him.

Acharya added that a state-level Mahasammelan has been called by Arya Samaj Pratinidi Sabha in which Yoga guru Ramdev would be distinguished guest. Host of cabinet ministers have also been invited, he added.

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