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Police find bodies of 4 women in ashram of controversial guru in north India

  • Supporters of controversial Indian guru Sant Rampal pray as they gather to show support at a protest venue near the Indian Parliament in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. In the neighboring Haryana state’s Hisar district, several supporters were injured on Tuesday after police searching for Rampal stormed an ashram where he was believed to be holed up. The guru, had repeatedly ignored court summons to appear for questioning in the 2006 killing of a villager by his supporters. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    Supporters of controversial Indian guru Sant Rampal pray as they gather to show support at a protest venue near the Indian Parliament in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. In the neighboring Haryana state’s Hisar district, several supporters were injured on Tuesday after police searching for Rampal stormed an ashram where he was believed to be holed up. The guru, had repeatedly ignored court summons to appear for questioning in the 2006 killing of a villager by his supporters. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian police use batons and water cannon to disperse supporters, as they storm the ashram of controversial Indian guru Sant Rampal, in search of him at Hisar in Haryana state, India, Tuesday, Nov.18, 2014. Several people were injured in the incident. Rampal, had repeatedly ignored court summons to appear for questioning in the 2006 killing of a villager by his supporters. The supporters had formed a human chain around the ashram in an attempt to prevent police from entering. (AP Photo/ Bansilal Basniwal)

    Indian police use batons and water cannon to disperse supporters, as they storm the ashram of controversial Indian guru Sant Rampal, in search of him at Hisar in Haryana state, India, Tuesday, Nov.18, 2014. Several people were injured in the incident. Rampal, had repeatedly ignored court summons to appear for questioning in the 2006 killing of a villager by his supporters. The supporters had formed a human chain around the ashram in an attempt to prevent police from entering. (AP Photo/ Bansilal Basniwal)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this late Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 photograph, supporters of Indian guru Sant Rampal, leave the ashram that was stormed by police earlier in the day in Hisar, Haryana state, India. At least six people have died in a standoff between police and the religious leader who is believed to be holed up inside his sprawling ashram along with thousands of devotees, some of whom armed, police said Wednesday. Rampal, is wanted for questioning in a 2006 murder case, but has repeatedly ignored orders to appear in court. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India) INDIA OUT

    In this late Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 photograph, supporters of Indian guru Sant Rampal, leave the ashram that was stormed by police earlier in the day in Hisar, Haryana state, India. At least six people have died in a standoff between police and the religious leader who is believed to be holed up inside his sprawling ashram along with thousands of devotees, some of whom armed, police said Wednesday. Rampal, is wanted for questioning in a 2006 murder case, but has repeatedly ignored orders to appear in court. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India) INDIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

Indian police say the bodies of four women have been found inside an Indian guru's ashram.

The discovery Wednesday comes a day after thousands of devotees fought off security forces who were trying to raid the complex in Haryana state and arrest spiritual leader Sant Rampal.

Rampal is wanted for questioning in a 2006 murder case.

By Wednesday afternoon, police still had not managed to enter the ashram. But Shriniwas Vashisht, the Haryana police director-general, says the bodies of four women were handed over to authorities. It was not clear how the women died.

Nearly 200 people were injured in Tuesday's melee.

Vashisht says thousands of people have been pouring out of the ashram on Wednesday. Many apparently were held against their will.