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The News Minute | November 24, 2014 | 2:05 pm IST In the aftermath of the two day siege of self-styled godman Rampal’s ashram, in which six people lost their lives and the injury toll was close to 200, the SIT team of the Haryana police recovered a stockpile of resources akin to what a fortress under siege would stock. Reportedly, there are underground bunkers in the Satlok Ashram at Barwala, Hisar. What else did police find? Image Courtesy: PTI Two cupboards were full of guns, the kind formerly used by our army and paramilitary forces. According to a report in the Times of India the police found .32 bore revolvers, .315 bore rifles and 12 bore guns. In addition to that, ammunition stocks were also recovered along with rounds for a 7.62 mm rifle, the kind not issued under any conditions even to licensed individuals. Image Courtesy:PTI The ammunition was reportedly stored under the elevated structure that was Rampal’s seat at the centre of the ashram, to avoid suspicion.  There was also a pregnancy test kit found in his quarters.  Image Courtesy:Hindustan Times Hundreds of bottles of petrol were also recovered, along with Holi toys full of petrol. A diesel dump of 700 litres and kerosene reserves of 1200 litres were also recovered along with close to 100 vehicles which have been impounded. Highlighting the ashram’s ability to withstand a siege were the medical facilities which contained an X-Ray machine, operation theatres and stacks of generic medicines. The Satsang area which was used to house the 20,000 who stayed in during the siege was infested with blankets. Fifty-eight sacks of rice, wheat and pulses were in reserve along with 30 vats for food, khichdi and the infamous kheer. Six generators kept the power supply up and running while 28 submersible pumps took care of water. Image Courtesy: NDTV The godman’s personal quarters were also reportedly opulent with three floors and 24 air conditioned rooms with a swimming pool in tow. Image Courtesy:BBC GOLD! Thirty kgs of gold has also been recovered but no money has been reportedly found in the lockers. Six buckets of blood soaked rags were also found the ashram, which clearly looks more than just a place of worship now.  Also Read: Nine 'Godmen' on the wrong side of the law
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