Controversial Indian guru Rampal Maharaj looks on behind bars at a police station in Panchkula near Chandigarh on November 20, 2014. Indian police were scouring the ashram of a controversial guru for explosives, hours after his arrest ended a violent stand-off with thousands of followers that left six people dead.
A follower (C) of self-styled 'godman' Rampal Maharaj looks on while wearing sunglasses in the ashram hall at Barwala in the district of Hisar, some 175 kilometres (108 miles) north of New Delhi on November 20, 2014. Indian police were scouring the ashram of a controversial guru for explosives after his arrest ended a bloody stand-off with thousands of followers and a long siege during which six people died.

NEW DELHI: Police have started questioning an Indian guru after he was arrested at his sprawling ashram with more than 400 followers following a 10-day deadly standoff.

Jawahar Yadav, a Haryana state spokesman, says the self-styled guru Sant Rampal appeared in court in Chandigarh on Thursday.

The judge gave police five days to question him.

Rampal had repeatedly ignored orders to answer a 2006 murder charge against him.

Police have filed additional criminal charges against him and his supporters over the standoff that left six people dead and about 200 others injured.

-- AP