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Police recovers guns from godman’s den

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Haryana Police, which conducted the search operation at Satlok Ashram in Barwala, has recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition.

A police spokesperson said that SIT has recovered pregnancy test strip, petrol bombs, acid syringes and a chilli grenade. It has also taken into custody three persons hiding on the premises. The search operation continues.

“The team had recovered three 32 bore revolvers,19 air guns, two DBL 12 bore, two 315 bore rifles, 28 live cartridges of 32 bore, 50 live cartridges of 12 bore, 25 live cartridges of 315 bore and one chili grenade,” the police spokesperson said.

The SIT also found acid syringes, helmets and sticks along with 20 pairs of black dresses and two tanks containing 800 litre of diesel. A pregnancy test strip was also found in the room adjacent to the room of Rampal in the Ashram.

The police also found petrol bombs, packets of chili powder, a catapult, two empty cartridges of 12 bore, a cushion bed and other beds in large number.

The SIT also found three persons who were hiding in the Ashram. They have been identified as Yaadram, resident of Jakhli, district Badaun,UP, Ravi, resident of Kharati, Chhattisgarh, and Ramesh, resident of
Dhani Sillanwali, district Bhiwani.

The team also found a woman in an unconscious condition who was locked in a bathroom. She has been admitted to general hospital and has been identified as Bijlesh, a resident of Ashok Nagar village in Madhya

The huge amount of eatables recovered during the search operation was being disposed off by the Food and Supplies Department in compliance with the orders of high court.

The spokesman said that the search operation would continue for a few days more due to the vast area covered by the Ashram. There are two tanks of about 14 feet depth full of water which would be cleared to carry out the complete search.

The spokesman said that seven separate cases had been registered against the accused Rampal and his followers.

The accused have been taken on five-day police remand. As many as 865 accused have been arrested under these cases and nine others have also been taken on police remand, he added.

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