Congregation at DJJS ashram goes off peacefully

  • PTI, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Dec 14, 2014 20:23 IST

The religious congregation held on Sunday at the Nurmahal-based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS), the ashram of Ashutosh Maharaj, went off peacefully amid tight police security.

"The ashram management made peaceful arrangements for the 'bhandara' (community lunch). Followers came in large numbers and about 80 per cent of them have left," Superintendent of Police Satish Malhotra said.

He said approximately around thousand followers turned up today but could not tell the exact figure.

Ashram sources said around 50,000 people came today for the congregation.

Malhotra said the ashram has been told to wrap up the event and sent back the followers by 5 pm.

"We will go inside the ashram and make sure nobody is left there," he said.

Yesterday, spokesman of the ashram Swami Vishalanand said, "The 'bhandara' is organised every month, it is a routine event."

Elaborate security arrangements were made in anticipation of a huge rush at DJJS in view of today's religious congregation.

Policemen were posted there in large numbers and cameras installed around the ashram.

The ashram has been in news after Ashutosh Maharaj was declared clinically dead and Punjab and Haryana high court set a deadline for performance of his last rites.

However, the followers of the ashram have kept the body inside a deep freezer, stating that the spiritual head had gone into 'samadhi' (deep state of meditation) and that he will come out of his meditation one day.

On December 1, the court ordered the Sansthan to conduct the last rites of the godman by December 15.

It had directed to constitute a committee under the district magistrate to look into the matter and asked DGP and chief secretary to monitor the situation.

However, the ashram on December 4 moved the court seeking a 30-day extension on the deadline given by it to perform the last rites, so that it could challenge the verdict.

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