New Delhi: Security has been stepped up in Hisar and nearby areas as a session court is expected to pronounce the quantum of punishment to self-styled godman Rampal on October 16 and 17. Last week, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Hisar, D R Chaliya held Rampal and some of his followers guilty in two murder related cases.

The self-styled godman was arrested on November 19, 2014, after two murder cases were registered against him. The first case pertains to the death of a woman in the Satlok Ashram in Barwal town of Hisar while another one was filed after bodies of four women and a child were found in his ashram in November 2014.

Notably, the administration is concerned that thousands of Rampal’s followers might throng the city as they have done on similar occasions in the past. Last year in August, after self-styled godman Ram Rahim‘s conviction in rape cases his supporters had resorted to violence in Hisar, leaving 30 people dead.

Who is Rampal? 

Before becoming a self-styled godman, Rampal was an ordinary boy who obtained a diploma degree from the Industrial Training Institute in Nilokheri and later on worked for an irrigation department in Haryana. In 1996, Rampal resigned from as a junior engineer. However, Rampal was reportedly forced to resign from the job because of his careless attitude towards work. Soon after, he started giving religious sermons in various parts of the state.

“Both of us did our matriculation from Gohana High School in Sonepat in 1971-72. Even then, he was religious. He used to read lots of books on Lord Hanuman and chant Hanuman Chalisa. But we later found out that he had started following Saint Kabir’s philosophies,” Jai Singh, who worked with Rampal in the Haryana Irrigation Department had informed a leading daily.