The Himachal Government on Friday sealed the Ponta Sahib Ashram of Asaram Bapu in Sirmaur district. It was done after the State Government directions for dealing strictly with the encroachments even by religious and spiritual organisations. The incumbent Government here had already cancelled the lease of Yoga guru Ramdev’s ashram in Sadhu Pul in Solan that was allotted by the previous government.

Asaram Bapu’s sprawling ashram in Ponta Sahib was functioning from quite some time and constructed on about 15 bighas of land. The ashram also had some medicinal oil manufacturing factory owned by him, officials said. The land was still in the name of local farmers who are believed to be his followers.

Himachal is home to a number of religious and spiritual sects and gurus including the Tibetans.