Rape convict Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim lodged in Rohtak district jail

Sep 8, 2017

Malout and Balluanna railway stations and a petrol pump were set on fire by protesters in Punjab. Many, including police personnels, have sustained injuries.

According to media reports, Dera Sacha Sauda supporters have turned violent burning government offices and railway station.

The police used tear gas shells, and water cannons to control the situation.

Earlier in the day, a bench of judges also categorically told the Haryana government that politicians, including ministers, should not be allowed to visit Panchkula, where the CBI court is located.

The Chandigarh police Thursday night warned Dera Sacha Sauda followers of stern action if they try to enter the Union Territory.

Ram Rahim Singh is the leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect and appeared in the Panchkula, Haryana court for the rape case trial against him today. The media was attacked.Ram Rahim arrived for the verdict in a 200-car motorcade and stood with his eyes closed and hands folded in prayer as the verdict was delivered. A number of cities like Patiala have seen curfew imposed and as far away as Delhi, section 144 has been announced across 11 districts.

The sect recognises one universal god, respects all religions and promotes campaigns against drug addiction, blood donation drives, tree planting and the rehabilitation of prostitutes.

It’s not unusual for leaders of these sects to often have small, heavily armed private militias protecting them.

As per the instructions of High Court, the Dera president will have to cover all the damage caused in Haryana and Punjab.

The accused guru was escorted to the court amid tight security involving a convoy of security vehicles.

Prior to the reading of the court judgement, authorities ordered Internet and mobile phone services shut down across both Haryana and Punjab as a security precaution.

Around 1,000 of Singh’s followers have been detained while nearly 250 trains passing through the area have been cancelled.

Violence after Gurmeet Ram Rahim verdict is the third incident of public’s direct confrontation with police and security forces.

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