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Water tank in ashram, a pit to hide weapons, suspect cops

punjab Updated: Nov 30, 2014 00:15 IST
Sat Singh

After having recovered dozens of arms from the Barwala ashram of controversial sect leader Rampal, the police are set to meet a new challenge to draw out weapons from three 100-ft covered water tanks built on the premises which, they suspect, to be a potential place where weapons might have been disposed of.

Police sources said while a cache of arms/ammunition has been recovered from beneath the place where Rampal used to deliver spiritual sermons in the ashram, his commandos might have thrown their weapons in a water tank on seeing police.

A DSP rank official in the Hisar police, who is in the know of recoveries being made by the special investigation team (SIT) from Rampal's ashram, said there were three 100-ft water tanks on the ashram premises and after having scanned all corners in last more than one week now police are mulling to dry up these water tanks.

On the reason of pumping out water from water tanks, he said they have got vital clues during interrogation of Rampal's commandos that they have dumped their illegal weapons before surrendering to police on November 18.

"Since water tanks were covered it was not possible for police to know about commandos' doing," he added.

When Haryana police had attempted to arrest Rampal following the Punjab and Haryana high court orders several youths wielding guns had taken out a flag march to confront the law-enforcing agencies in their bid to protect the ashram head.

Meanwhile, during its routine search the SIT has recovered two dummy guns and one automatic knife from Satlok Ashram. The police suspect that dummy guns might have been used to give weapon training to youths.

The police have also installed CCTV cameras outside the ashram to keep an eye on the activities and to keep a record of all who visit the place.