Rohtak: Rohtak district administration on Tuesday decided to get the disputed Satlok Ashram evacuated in an effort to defuse the situation in Karontha village which remained tense after Sunday's deadly clash between police and protesters.

Rohtak's Deputy Commissioner Vikas Gupta, exercising special powers under Section 144 of IPC, ordered that the Ashram be vacated immediately.

The row over possession of Satlok Ashram, headed by Rampal, had taken a violent turn on Sunday when police tried to stop Arya Pratinidhi Sabha activists from marching towards the Ashram. Three persons were killed and over 100 others sustained injuries in the clash.

Tension has been brewing in the area for quite sometime as Arya Samajis claim that the ownership of the Ashram by Rampal is illegal.

“The decision to get the Ashram vacated was taken to keep the situation under control,” Gupta said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda once again appealed to the people to maintain calm and peace in the region. He also urged villagers and activists of Arya Samaj protesting near Satlok Ashram to return back.

On Tuesday morning, Arya Samaj activists had moved the body of 40-year-old Promila, who died in the clash, to a spot near the village from Rohtak-Jhajjar road, where they had earlier placed it to demand the release of their leaders.

A large numbers of followers of Rampal have been camping inside the Satlok Ashram for the last three days, while villagers and Arya Samaj activists have been staging protest to mount pressure on the government over their demands. Their demands include closure of Satlok Ashram, martyr status to the three deceased besides adequate financial help to their kin.

Adequate police force and 500 CRPF personnel, have been deployed in the trouble-torn area to maintain calm. The Chief Minister had on Monday ordered a probe by an Additional District Magistrate into the Sunday's clash.


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