Two petitions against Sant Rampal and his supporters, filed in separate high courts, mention human sacrifice.
In a case admitted by the Punjab and Haryana High HC, Harikesh Singh of Narwana, Jind, expresses a fear that his son Randhir was the victim of tantric rituals at Satlok Ashram. “On August 21 (2014) I found my son had died in the ashram… They told me he killed himself by hanging. My son had told me there were many ‘tantric’ activities inside the ashram including human sacrifice. I have found out there were many mysterious deaths in the ashram even before and there was a case in Jodhpur as well. I believe my son was made a victim,” says his letter to the SSP, Hisar, which has become the basis of the petition to the court.
Advocate Vikram Mittal said, “The postmortem is at odds with the claim of suicide. We petitioned the court; the police have to file their reply by December 2.”
The petition cites a Rajasthan case as a precedent. Dismissed by a sessions court in Bilada in Jodhpur, the case is being reviewed by the Rajasthan High Court, Mittal said.
Jagdish Ram of Kapeda, Jodhpur, was allegedly enticed to the ashram by neighbours with the promise of a job in June 2013. “When the neighbours returned on June 9, they told us he had died of illness. We reached the ashram to see that his body was on a kothi. His hands and legs were tied with a rope. His left ear, lower back, shoulders, neck had injuries from a sharp object and were bloodstained. The Barwala police said because Jagdish was enticed and brought to Hisar for the purpose of sacrifice, the case should be registered in Jodhpur,” says the petition by Mahender Ram, his son. A case was lodged under IPC sections 320, 302 and 120B against unidentified persons from the ashram, and three neighbours.