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Close Aide of Rampal Arrested, Hunt on for Guru

Hisar, Nov 19: A close aide of controversial sect leader Rampal, Purushottam Das, was arrested by the Haryana police a day after the standoff between followers of self proclaimed godman and security forces.

However, Rampal is still untraceable. The search is on to nab him, who had challenged the judiciary, government, administration and the system.

Police sent 70 others to judicial custody for 14 days for attacking the security forces at the ashram in Barwala town of Hisar district in Haryana yesterday.

The move came hours after six dead bodies including a child and five women were found at the ashram. Rampal has been slapped with treason and other serious charges besides murder charges for which he was asked to appear before the court.

Sources said that Rampal, who had been using women and children as his shields, is guarded by his own commandos inside the ashram.

Hisar has been on boil for past few days with the agitation of Rampal's supporters protesting his arrest and his private armies, who opened fire at the police that triggered violence near the ashram.

As per the latest report, the Centre has sent 500 platoons of forces to hunt the guru, who has been avoiding arrest in a contempt of court case.

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