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Violence erupts at Rampal's ashram in Hisar

The stand-off between authorities and Rampal's supporters took a violent turn as Haryana government was racing against time to meet the Friday deadline set by High Court for producing the godman in a contempt case


Clashes erupted at the ashram of controversial 'godman' Rampal at Barwala in Hisar in Haryana Tuesday with police lobbing teargas shells and using lathicharge to disperse his supporters who allegedly fired back.


A number of people were injured in the violence at the Satlok Ashram in Barwala town of Hisar district.


The stand-off of several days between the authorities and Rampal's supporters took a violent turn as the Haryana government was racing against time to get hold of the 'godman' to meet the deadline of Friday set by Punjab and Haryana High Court for producing him in a contempt case.


As security personnel including police and para-military forces stepped up efforts to disperse the followers, said to be in thousands inside the Ashram, they faced stiff resistance.


A senior police official said supporters of the 'godman' were firing from inside the ashram but police was exercising maximum possible restraint to minimise casualties.


A portion of the outer wall of the ashram had been razed even as thick cloud of smoke was seen inside the premises.


Police also said that stones were being hurled at them from inside the Ashram as several followers and Rampal's 'private army' had pitched themselves on the rooftop of the premises.


Authorities continued to face an uphill task in dispersing 'godman' Rampal's followers from the Ashram here.


Police said they were facing a hostile crowd, some of them armed, from inside, but they were using restraint to keep the casualties to the minimum.


Suspected Myanmar national held in Burdwan blast case

Khaleed, the suspected Myanmar national, is believed be an expert in IED, the NIA said and claimed that he belonged to Rohingiya solidarity organisation and had links with Bangladesh-based terrorist groups


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken into custody a suspected Myanamar national, allegedly trained by Pakistan-based terror group Tehrik-i-Taliban, from Hyderabad in connection with the Burdwan blast case.


According to official sources, Khaleed alias Khalid Mohammed, who had been residing in Hyderabad on the basis of alleged fake documents, was arrested by the state police on 16th November following an intelligence tip-off by central security agencies.


He was handed over to the NIA Monday afternoon after security agencies felt that his role in Burdwan blast needed to be probed further, the sources added.


This is the seventh arrest made by NIA in connection with the Burdwan blast case of 2nd October in which two persons died inside a house after the IED being manufactured by them went off accidentally.


Khaleed is believed be an expert in improvised explosive device (IED), the NIA said and claimed that he belonged to Rohingiya solidarity organisation and had links with Bangladesh-based terrorist groups.


The NIA also claimed that he was involved in running terror camps in bordering areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar.


A search at his residence led sleuths to his laptop which contained incriminating videos of training material, literature relating to various kinds of poison, IED-making, bomb-making, explosives and 'Jihadi' Literature including that relating to ISIS.


He was allegedly trained by Tehrik-i-Taliban.


Pawar asks party workers to be ready for snap polls in Maharashtra

Sharad Pawar who declared unconditional support to BJP soon after the election verdict for stability, has said that having a stable government in Maharashtra is not his party's responsibility


Sharad Pawar, the Maratha strongman and president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday asked his party workers to be prepared for snap polls in Maharashtra considering the political situation in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Maharashtra is a minority government and its chief minister Devendra Fadnavis just about managed to win a confidence vote. However, Shiv Sena, the main opposition party had clarified that it will not allow the Fadnavis government to become unstable.

The NCP president, while addressing his party's two-day meeting at Alibaug in Maharashtra's Raigad district, said, "We have to be ready to face snap polls in Maharashtra."
"Having a stable government in Maharashtra isn't NCP's responsibility," said Pawar, whose party offered unconditional outside support to BJP the day election results were declared.
Reacting on Pawar's comment, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, "Pawar may say anything, but it is our party, which holds the keys to power. We will decide our future course of action depending upon the situation prevailing at that particular time.
However, we are confident that there will not be any snap polls in Maharashtra." 
BJP has 121, Shiv Sena 63, Congress 42 and NCP 41 MLAs in the 288-member Assembly.
State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had won a controversial confidence vote last week after NCP declared outside support to his minority government.
As the confidence motion was passed by a voice vote, there was an uproar by Sena and Congress, with the two parties petitioning Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to direct the government to seek a fresh vote in which its strength be determined through division of votes.
NCP Legislature Party leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, too, disapproved of the manner in which the motion was passed by voice vote.
Sharad Pawar had earlier said he cannot guarantee the survival of the BJP government for its full five-year term.
Earlier, the NCP chief also alleged that some elements in BJP were behind the rise of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) party which won two seats in the recent state Assembly polls.


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