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Guru’s conviction for rape: After 31 deaths, large-scale violence, situation turns normal


Panchkula/Sirsa: No further violence was reported since last night after the death of 31 Dera followers and injury to more than 200 following Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction in a rape case, media reports said.

The media report said there has been no further escalation of violence after Panchkula and Sirsa witnessed a riot which occurred immediately after Ram Rahim was convicted on Friday.

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While 28 Dera followers died in Panchkula, three lost their lives in Dera headquarters Sirsa.

Col Abhimanya Shekhawat, Commanding Officer in Sirsa, told NDTV: “Situation is better and improving. Army is doing flag march.”

Curfew is still underway in both Panchkula and Sirsa.

On the other hand, Ram Rahim, who was arrested a day ago, has been kept in Rohtak jail. Several news channels shown last night how the self declared spiritual leader was getting the VVIP treatment.

In the footage, Ram Rahim was seen not to wear the prison clothes.

Ram Rahim has been convicted by the court for raping two women followers in 2002. He will be sentenced on Monday.

Ram Rahim might face a jail term up to seven years or life imprisonment.

Following the conviction, the self-styled spiritual leader was flown out of Panchkula in a government helicopter to a makeshift jail in Rohtak.

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After the conviction, his followers went on a rampage as they attacked police, journalists and even destroyed vehicles.

Several OB vans were also damaged by the attackers.

In order to gain control over the incident, the army was called in to Panchkula, on the outskirts of Chandigarh.

Before that, the police used tear gas and water cannons to try and disperse mobs of Ram Rahim supporters.

However, their efforts went in vain as they were outnumbered near the courthouse.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar have urged people in the states to maintain peace.

They briefed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the incident as ‘deeply distressing’.

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–India Blooms News Service

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