Rampal murder case verdict today, Haryana on alert

India Today

The Hisar court is due to pronounce its verdict in two cases of murder against self-styled godman Rampal on Thursday. Ahead of the court's decision, Section 144 has been imposed in Haryana's Hisar to prevent disruption of law and order. The court is slated to pronounce its verdict in two cases in which Rampal is charged with murder. The first case involves the death of a woman at Rampal's Satlok Ashram. The second murder case pertains to the death of four women and a child near the same ashram during clashes between his supporters and security forces when the police had come to arrest Rampal in November 2014 following orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court. Rampal was arrested on November 19, 2014 on charges of murder, attempt to murder, conspiracy, holding illegal weapons and abetting suicide. The borders of Hisar have been blockaded for the past two days in order to prevent entry of Rampal's supporters and to avoid a repeat of the violence seen last year when supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ran riot after his conviction for rape. For security measures, 1300 police officers from Hisar and 700 from other districts have been deployed. Five companies of RAF ad 12 SPs of Haryana Police and DSPs of other districts have been put on duty.