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Rampal verdict: Self-styled godman convicted by Hisar Court in two murder cases

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Rampal was arrested in 2014 after thousands of security personnel laid siege to his ashram in Haryana (File Photo)

Chandigarh, Oct 11: A court in Haryana’s Hisar town on Thursday convicted self-styled godman Rampal in two cases of murder. He has been in prison since November 2014.

The quantum of punishment would be announced on October 16 and 17.

The two cases against the controversial godman relate to the murder of six people during violent clashes between his supporters and the Haryana Police at his Satlok Ashram near Barwala town in Hisar district, around 245 km from here.

Earlier, the Hisar court in August 2017, had acquitted Rampal in two cases of wrongful confinement, unlawful assembly and disobedience to order given by a public servant.

Rampal was facing other cases of murder conspiracy, sedition and rioting. He and his close aides, including his private army, had resisted the police action to arrest him on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court while holed up inside his Satlok Ashram in November 2014.

Five women and an infant had lost their lives as Rampal continued to elude the police.

The high court had ordered his arrest as he had failed to appear before the law.

Rampal’s supporters had indulged in vandalism in a court in Hisar in July 2014 when he was going there in connection with a 2006 murder conspiracy case.

The high court had taken suo motu cognizance of the incident and summoned Rampal.

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Winter Session: Triple Talaq Bill tabled in Lok Sabha

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New Delhi, Dec 17: The Triple Talaq Bill has been tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday. 

Amid uproar Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Triple Talaq Bill.

Following this, Congress member Shashi Tharoor opposed the bill saying it is targetted at a particular religion and hence unconstitutional.

The bill was brought in as per the direction of the Supreme Court, retorts Prasad and said several women belonging to the Muslim community suffered because of an instant divorce.

Later, again the Lok Sabha was disrupted, prompting the speaker to adjourn the house.

Earlier, the house was adjourned till 12 p.m. after the opposition created a ruckus on a host of issues.

Soon after the Lok Sabha resumed for the day, AIADMK and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) members trooped near the Speaker’s podium and started raising slogans.

The AIADMK members took the Cauvery water issue while the TDP sought special status for Andhra Pradesh.

The Congress members were seen sloganeering against the government for misleading the apex court on the Rafale deal.

They were countered by the Bharatiya Janata Party, who demanded an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan requested the agitating leaders to allow the Question Hour to progress but the members continued with their protest.

Amid the din she adjourned the House till 12 p.m.

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13 miners trapped: Very difficult and complicated situation, says Meghalaya CM

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Ksan, Dec 17: Flagging concern over the incident where 13 miners were trapped in a mine at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday described the situation very difficult and complicated said that the NDRF trying to save them but it looks very difficult.

“Very difficult and complicated situation. NDRF trying to save them but it looks very difficult. No matter how many pumps we put, water force is too much to bring it down to a level where we can enter and save them”, he told ANI.

The CM also said that he spoke to Union Minister Kiren Rijiju regarding the incident and requested him to send more professional help.

“We’re trying really hard but the water level is really high, the day after this incident took place I spoke to Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and requested him to send more professional help”, Sangma asserted.

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Winter Session: Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

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New Delhi, Dec 17: The Rajya Sabha was on Monday adjourned for the day amid disturbances, minutes after it met for the day.

Soon after the House assembled, AIADMK and DMK members trooped to the Chair’s podium, holding placards. They were protesting against a proposed dam on the Cauvery river.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad tried to say something which was not audible in the din.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu then adjourned the House for the day.

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