Hisar dera head Rampal Dass on Friday appeared in a local court with several of his followers regarding a murder that happened during the Karontha clash with Arya Samajis in 2006.
These followers are lodged with him in the Hisar jail. In the violence on July 12, 2006, Arya Samaj follower Sonu Kumar (30) of Badhpur village near Beri town in Jhajjar district was the man killed. Police had then charged 38 people, including Rampal; his son, Virender Dass; and confidants Ravinder Dhaka and Rajender Kumar, with murder, attempt to murder, and armed rioting.
District and sessions judge Sushil Gupta fixed the next hearing on January 12, Rampal’s lawyer Raghbir Singh Hooda has told the media. “Of the 38 accused, seven were not present in the hearing, so the court has issued non-bailable warrants (NBW) against them,” Hooda said outside the court complex here.
He said accused Rampal had been sent back to the Hisar jail after the hearing; and 32 witnesses had deposed, so far, while the remaining more than 100 would get their chance in the next hearings. On the charge of waging war against the state, which has been slapped on Rampal after the Barwala dig-out operation, the lawyer said: “It is an insult to revolutionaries such as Shaheed Bhagat Singh, who fought for the freedom of the motherland. Rampal is a simple religious preacher and the charge of his waging war against the country does not hold water.”
For the court appearance of Rampal in Rohtak, the police had made elaborate security arrangements. However, his followers, who would earlier lay siege to the court, were nowhere around during Friday’s hearing.