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Karontha clash: Satlok Ashram sealed

punjab Updated: May 15, 2013 20:06 IST
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The disputed Satlok Ashram was today locked after nearly 3,000 followers of self-styled godman Rampal vacated the site in Karontha village, but protestors refused to lift dharna demanding that it be demolished.

Rohtak Deputy Commissioner Vikas Gupta and SSP Vivek Sharma visited the dharna spot to inform the protestors that the Ashram had been vacated and sealed by the district administration.

But Arya Pratinidhi Sabha spokesman Acharya Baldev told them they were not satisfied and would continue their protest till the Ashram is demolished.

Satlok Ashram, a cause of dispute between Arya Samajis and Rampal's followers, was the site of violent clashes on Sunday in which three persons were killed and over 100, including 50 policemen, injured.

The Arya Pratinidhi Sabha also refused cremate the body of Promila, who was killed in the clash, till their leaders, who were arrested in connection with the violence, were released.

A government spokesman said, "The ashram has been vacated by the hundreds of followers of self-styled godman Rampal," and maintained that there was calm now.

After the order to vacate the ashram, nearly 3,000 followers, camping inside the Ashram since three days, yesterday left in several Haryana Roadways buses, which were pressed into service for the purpose, officials said.

Gupta said an appeal had been made to the people to vacate the area surrounding Satlok Ashram and return home.

Villagers and Arya Samaj activists have been staging protests to mount pressure on the state government to order closure of the Ashram, headed by Rampal.

They are also demanding adequate financial assistance for the families whose members were killed in the clashes.

Arya Samaj activists had earlier placed Promila's body near a village road and said they would not cremate it till the Ashram was cleared of Rampal's supporters.