Himachal’s high-profile godman Amardev finally arrested, villagers take sigh of relief
SOLAN– Villagers of over 25 panchayats of Solan district took sigh of relief after the high-profile, self-proclaimed godman of Himachal Pradesh, Amardev, was finally arrested by police on Saturday after his advocate withdrew bail application anticipating a rejection. In a dramatic style, a follower carried Amardev to the court. He was pleading that his condition is very critical. While, the doctors at the IGMC had confirmed that he was all right, he remained admitted at AIIMs to escape the arrest and the fury of thousands of villagers of about two dozen panchayats who had warned of boycott of upcoming assembly elections in Himachal if he wasn’t booked for his alleged crimes.
However, on Saturday he had no choice but to surrender to police. Amardev remained in controversy since last year when CID had recovered four leopard skins from the under construction Ramlok temple in Rurra village of Tundal panchayat in Kandaghat. In 2016, Amardev was also issued notice by district administration of Solan for encroachment on government land. Surprisingly, his identity, permanent address the sources of crores of funds for establishment of the temple and ultra-expensive idols always remained mystery. He had also threatened local journalists of beheading if they dared to write about his controversies. Recently, Amardev had attacked an elderly woman with sword in which she received grieve injuries. Despite evidences, the government and opposition kept quite.
The government, on the other hand, displayed stunning compassion toward Amardev and ignored the villagers. The Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh even transferred entire Kandaghat police station staff of 18 policemen including the Station House Officer after visiting Amardev at IGMC. Several cabinet ministers and top leaders of opposition like former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal were also seen with the controversial godman in pictures and videos. The CID was hesitating to submit challan in ‘leopard skin recovery’ case despite confirmation in lab reports.
Watching this naked dance of injustice and favoritism to an alleged mafia man from their own government, over 25 panchayats joined hand to fight against this patronage to Amardev despite his controversies and cases.
Eventually, Amardev had to surrender to police. He will be produced in the court on Sunday again.
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