Rampal Baba, also known as Rampal Maharaj is an Indian religious teacher and priest. Rampal is in news for doing a contempt of Haryana and Chandigarh High Court (India). He was arrested by Haryana Police for a charge of murder. His arrest draw a huge public media attention due to clash between Police and his supporters.
Rampal was born on 8 September 1951 in Village Dhanana, Tehsil Gohana, District Sonipat (Haryana) in a family of farmers. His father’s name is Bhakt Nandram and mother’s name is Bhaktmati Indradevi. Rampal obtained a diploma in engineering from local polytechnic. After that he was appointed as a Junior Engineer in the irrigation department of Haryana Government.
Rampal was a religious person since his childhood. He used Hinduism as a religious practice in the beginning.It is believed that after meeting a met a 107 years old Kabir Panthi (Followers of preaching of great Saint Kabir,a 15th Century Indian mystical poet) Swami Ramdevanand Ji Maharaj, Rampal decided to follow Kabirs preaching. He began giving talks to groups of people in 1994. Encouraged by a growing number of devotees, he set up the Satlok Ashram in 1999. The year after that Rampal resigned from his government job. Rampal also claims to be an incarnation of Kabir.The exact dates of Kabir’s birth and death are uncertain but his legacy is enduring and is revered by both Hindus and Muslims.
Rampal founded this Ashram in 1999 and according to his website his devotees come to this ashram for his preaching. His website claims that a lot of his devotees have quit habits like Alcohol, marijuana and smoking,Meat, eggs,Idol worship,Gambling Singing and dancing that Rampal claims as social evil. In his website his team mentions “thousands of people have got their chronic illnesses cured” and “ruined families have become prosperous again” after coming in contact with Rampal. However police claimed of finding weapons like guns, sharp edge knives and petrol bombs from his ashram after his arrest.
In 1999 he established an ashram in Karontha. There happened a religious clash in his Ashram in 2006. In this clash, one person died from bullet wounds. The police charged Rampal with murder. His supporters claim that he was falsely implicated in the murder case. Rampal’s supporrtes had clashed with police when he was being taken to be produced in the court in connection with the particular case. The Punjab and Haryana High Court took suo moto notice of the incident and summoned Rampal.However, Rampal failed to appear before the high court, forcing the court to issue non-bailable warrants against him Nov 5. He was supposed to appear before the court Nov 10 and later on Nov 17 but he did not turn up, citing medical reasons. When police approached him to arrest his supporters attacked on police with petrol bombs and bullets. After 3 days of clash, Rampal was arrested.