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In pictures: Arms cache at India guru Rampal ashram

Police in India say they have found weapons, bullet-proof jackets, metal detectors and currency in a controversial guru's ashram in northern India.

The guru Rampal was arrested last week after pitched battles between thousands of his supporters and police trying to arrest him.

Rampal is wanted in connection with a 2006 murder case and for contempt of court. He has been remanded in custody until 28 November.

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Since the guru's arrest, police have been carrying out searches inside the imposing 12-acre Satlok Ashram in Barwala, Haryana state.

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Officers have recovered a cache of arms and ammunition and weapons, including revolvers, rifles and air guns.

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Police accused the guru's armed devotees of holding people hostage, and using women and children as human shields during the stand-off. At least 270 people have been arrested in connection with last week's clashes and charged with rioting, illegal detention, attempt to murder and waging war against the state.

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Bullet-proof jackets and commando uniforms were also recovered from the ashram.

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A number of metal detectors were found inside the ashram. It is thought they were used to security screen the thousands of devotees who would visit it every day.

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Police also found a gymnasium with treadmills inside the ashram. It is not clear whether the gym was used by the devotees or the guru himself.

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Massage tables were also found in a room inside the ashram.

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Guru Rampal rose from the obscurity of working as a junior engineer in local government to amassing tens of thousands of devotees. He also claims to be an incarnation of Kabir, a 15th Century Indian mystical poet. Police found a room full of his publications and posters inside the ashram.

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The 63-year-old guru himsel lived in a separate private mansion with an elevator and swimming pool. This is the guru's bedroom.

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