Nurmahal dera sticks to 'samadhi' stand, hires mortuary chamber
The Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) on Friday continued to claim that sect head Ashutosh Maharaj was in 'samadhi' (state of deep meditation) since midnight on Tuesday.punjab Updated: Feb 01, 2014 11:55 IST
The Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) on Friday continued to claim that sect head Ashutosh Maharaj was in 'samadhi' (state of deep meditation) since midnight on Tuesday, even as the dera spokesman admitted that a portable mortuary chamber had been hired from the local Baba Bhoot Nath Committee, as reported by HT ('Succession row delaying news of death?', January 31).
"Since there was panic when the rumour of Swamiji's 'death' spread in the dera, a sewadar hired a mortuary chamber on his own from the committee. It is lying unused and will be returned," claimed DJJS chief spokesman Swami Vishalanand. However, he failed to substantiate his claim that the chamber had been hired without the knowledge of the top dera management.
Till the filing of this report, the chamber had not been received by the committee, confirmed caretaker Davinder Kumar when the HT reporter visited his house after finding his mobile phone switched off. Kumar claimed that two mortuary chambers had been hired, one at midnight on Tuesday and the other around an hour later.
When asked why the DJJS management had not allowed even the Jalandhar deputy commissioner to enter Ashutosh's enclosure, the dera spokesman said, "We cannot allow anyone to enter without the Maharaj's permission. Moreover, if we let the DC go inside, others will also want to enter. Swamiji has crores of followers, who will take their responsibility?"
Meanwhile, a team of the DJJS security wing is keeping tabs on mediapersons and police officers camping in the dera. The media is not being allowed to have a private chat with Jalandhar Rural SSP Jaspreet Singh Sidhu at the latter's camp office.
The district administration has built a helipad in a ground at Litran village, around 5km from the Nurmahal dera. The road connecting the dera to the helipad is also being repaired. Though the administration kept mum, a police official confirmed that the former had set up the helipad. Four securitymen have also been deployed on the spot. "We have not asked the administration to build it. It's of no use for us. We can use the dera premises for the landing of any chopper for any purpose," the DJJS spokesman said.
First Published: Jan 31, 2014 21:57 IST