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Indian Guru Rampal arrested after deadly ashram clashes

November 19, 2014 5:19 pm

Indian police have arrested a controversial guru a day after pitched battles with his supporters left at least six people dead.

The self-styled guru, known as Rampal, is wanted in connection with a 2006 murder case and for contempt of court.

His supporters threw stones and opened fire when police tried to raid his ashram in the northern state of Haryana.

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The bodies of four women and a child were subsequently found at the site.

A fifth woman, aged 20, died at a local hospital after leaving the ashram.

The causes of their deaths have not been revealed. Police say the bodies did not “bear any injuries”.

The guru was led out of the complex in an ambulance late on Wednesday, as dozens of local villagers cheered the police.

He has been taken to the state capital, Chandigarh. He is likely to appear in court on Thursday.

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