Additional police force moved into this town on Saturday for the siege of Satlok Ashram to bring out self-styled godman Rampal from behind a strong human shield of followers.
The force carried out a flag march outside the ashram and, 100 metres away, nearly 2,000 police commandos warmed up for the storming operation. Additional director general of police (law and order) Muhammad Akil reviewed the situation before reconnaissance in the afternoon.
Inching closer to the ashram, the police sent a message to the adjoining hamlets and eating joints to remain cautious and move women and children to safer places. Considering the large number of women and children at the ashram, the police will not move in now, and keep trying dialogue until Sunday.
More followers, including women and children, poured into ashram on Saturday in spite of heavy security. Hisar deputy commissioner ML Kaushik said the option of peaceful surrender was open to Rampal.
Five superintendents of police (Hisar, Bhiwani, Fatehabad, Sirsa, Jind) of the Hisar range have taken charge of the siege. Hisar inspector general of police Anil Kumar Rao examined their preparedness.