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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.


IPL Spot Fixing: N Srinivasan, Meiyappan, Kundra named in Mudgal Committee report

The list released by the Supreme Court consists seven names out of the 13 people who were named in the Mudgal Committee report


The Supreme Court on Friday disclosed names of people probed by the Justice Mudgal Committee for their alleged links to the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scam.


It includes N Srinivasan, the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), BCCI's chief operating officer (COO) Sunder Raman, Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan.


The court further directed the findings of the Mudgal report on non-cricketers to be disclosed.


According to reports, Stuart Binny and former England batsman Owais Shah are allegedly also under scrutiny. One player from the Chennai Super Kings team is also under scrutiny.


According to Aditya Verma, the secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), who was the petitioner in the case, the apex court has not revealed the names of the big players.


"The Supreme Court released the seven names of the 13 people who were named in the Mudgal report. Three of the names are of players, while the others are of officials. The court requested that the names of the players not be disclosed," he said.


"The names that have not been released are all of players, but the court has kept the revealing of the said names on hold as of now," he added.


Verma also questioned the motives behind the BCCI's proposal to postpone its annual general meeting (AGM).


"Even after top officials of the BCCI have been named by the Mudgal report, why is the organisation not willing to go ahead with its AGM and name new officials? I request all state associations to not stand by this," he said.


On 25th March, the court had told Srinivasan to step down from his position as BCCI president in order to ensure a fair investigation into the betting and spot-fixing charges levied against his Meiyappan, the team principal of Chennai Super Kings.


The BCCI does not recognize the CAB and Verma, who had filed the public interest litigation (PIL) against the cricketing body last year, accusing it of corruption.



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3 years ago

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