Thursday, November 20, 2014

Guru Arrested


The first two paragraphs of a NEW YORK TIMES  story:

NEW DELHI — A self-styled “godman,” or guru, was arrested late Wednesday after a tense, weeklong standoff with the police, who had attempted to storm the heavily fortified compound where he was blockaded with an estimated 15,000 followers.
Baba Rampal Maharaj, 63, who once worked as a junior engineer in the irrigation department for the northern state of Haryana, considers himself the reincarnation of Kabir, a 15th-century mystic poet. The police in Haryana sought to arrest him on charges of conspiracy to murder, incitement to violence and contempt of court in connection with a confrontation in 2006 between his disciples and adherents of another sect.


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