If Sant Rampal, whose arrest the court has ordered, doesn’t recover before November 17, his followers at Barwala’s Satlok Ashram near here will submit the medical certificate the fourth time and still resist his arrest.
“More than 1-lakh followers are ready to sacrifice their lives for Santji,” Satlok Ashram spokesperson Raj Kapoor said on Monday night. Senior volunteers of Rashtriya Samaj Sewa Samiti, an organisation of the followers of Rampal, gathered on Monday night at the ashram to plan how to stop the police from taking him to the court on November 17.
“We have said repeatedly that Santji would appear in the court when he had recovered. A panel of doctors has certified already that he is unfit for travel. He is under observation and needs to be on oxygen regularly,” Kapoor said on coming out of the meeting.
Many Rampal followers who had left the ashram on Monday morning returned by the evening and stood guard at the main gate. Many had helmet on and they were raising the slogan “Bandi chhor Sant Ram Pal kee jai” (hail the guru who liberates). “The high court decision (of arrest warrants) is unlawful and it has hurt us,” said Kapoor, adding: “It is a Nadir-shahi farman (a diktat)”.
He said Rampal’s followers were going through mental agony, since his health was declining and the high court has “made it a prestige point to arrest him”. Let the police try to arrest him, we’ll defend him with our lives. A man’s life is more important than his appearing in the court. Santji has respect for the law but he should be first able to travel to Chandigarh,” the spokesman added.
A team of government doctors who on Tuesday entered Satlok Ashram at Barwala in Hisar to examine Sant Rampal found him on oxygen. Ashram spokesperson Raj Kapoor said the team had found Rampal’s heartbeat erratic, put him on medicine for bringing it to normal, and advised him rest.