Gurmeet Ram Rahim convicted in rape case; violence in Panchkula, police, media attacked
By Team Legistify / 2017-08-26

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Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was Friday found guilty of raping two ‘sadhvis’ (female followers) by the CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana. The quantum of the sentence will be announced on Monday, August 28. The Dera chief faces up to seven years in jail.

The CBI had filed an FIR against Ram Rahim in 2002 and the case came to trial in 2008. Both Punjab and Haryana are in heavy lockdown as thousands of followers of Ram Rahim Singh are on the roads. Trains and bus services have been cancelled. Schools and colleges are closed. Paramilitary forces are patrolling the area around the CBI court in Panchkula.

Violence has broken out in Panchkula and nearby areas as supporters of Ram Rahim Singh went on a rampage setting government buildings and media OB vans on fire. Government offices have also been vandalised.

Enraged by the rape conviction of self-styled godman Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh today, thousands of his followers went on the rampage, hurling stones and vandalising media vehicles. At least five people were killed and scores injured.

Police fired in the air and also lobbed tear gas and let loose water cannons on the protesters to quell the violence, which appeared to be spreading in Haryana, Punjab and even Rajasthan.

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