As the news of spread that the police were heading towards Satlok Ashram of Sant Rampal at Barwala near here, his woman followers thronged the place on Wednesday and threw a human shield around it.
They amassed outside the ashram gate and avowed not to let the police arrest Rampal until he was recovered fully. “Even if Santji wishes to appear in the court while sick, we won’t allow him to,” said an ashram spokesman, adding: “The court attitude is vindictive and we are not going to accept its unjustified order of summoning our spiritual leader.”
The administration is likely to stop the water and power supply to the ashram anytime, and divert traffic on the Chandigarh national highway from Hisar. The highway passes near the ashram.
Barwala deputy superintendent of police Rajbir Singh Saini told newsmen: “We are committed to carrying out the orders to produce Sant Rampal in the Punjab and Haryana high court on November 17 under any condition. The law will take its course.” Apollo Hospital cardiologist Dr LK Jha, who has monitored the treatment of Rampal confirmed that he had examined him. “Earlier Sant Rampal had high blood pressure and now he complains of chest pain. After treatment, his other medical reports have been found normal,” he said.
Higher police authorities are avoiding the media, since the situation is delicate. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) have been imposed in the area by deputy commissioner ML Kaushik, since more Rampal followers are arriving at the ashram.