By: Sanjeev Verma
Sant Rampal’s arrest operation has overburdened the Haryana, Punjab and central governments as well as the Chandigarh Administration of Rs 26,52,97,039. Six lives were lost apart from 110 police personnel and 70 civilians sustaining injuries.
The information has been submitted in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in an ongoing contempt of court case against the self-styled godman that came up for hearing on Friday. The Haryana government has submitted the details of its expenditure thus amounting to Rs 15,43,77,188, Punjab government of Rs 4,34,49,512, central government of Rs. 3,55,49,700 and Chandigarh Administration of Rs 3,29,20,639.
Haryana’s Director General of Police Shrinivas Vashisht informed the court that during the operation there was a huge loss to the public property, government property and the agricultural crop in approximately 78 acres land adjacent to Rampal’s Satlok Ashram assessed worth Rs 2,19,72,000. The top cop of the state has submitted that as many as 5,375 police personnel and para military force personnel were deployed for the operation on November 18, including 13 Superintendents of Police and 36 Deputy Superintendents of Police. The court was informed that the operation culminated with the arrest of a total of 909 accused, including Rampal and registration of seven FIRs till November 19 at Barwala police station.
Also, as many as 104 weapons including rifles, revolvers, air guns and spray guns were recovered along worth 130 cartridges. Other than this, two bullet proof jackets, 61 petrol bombs, over 5,632 wooden sticks, 285 helmets, 35 plastic shields, parcles of gun powder, chemical pouches and spirit has been recovered from the ashram.
The DGP has submitted that on the day of operation, a huge crowd of more than 20,000 people including old age persons, women and children were present inside the Satlok Ashram. More than a thousand young able bodies commando like persons were present on the roofs of the ashram with rifles, pistols, lathi-dandas, petrol bombs, acid pouches and brick stones, it was added. Approximately, 3,000 women and children were sitting outside the main gate of the Ashram.