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September 21 2017, 09:21 | Irvin Gilbert

Indian guru convicted of rape, amid fears of violent reaction from thousands of devotees

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Panchkula: Special CBI court convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of raping two "Sadhvis" (female followers).

Riots erupted in Panchkula after Singh's conviction and the rioters burnt vehicles, including media vans. They are breaking the OB van of various news channels. The court also directed the police to use force if necessary to quell any acts of violence and asked officers to videograph the court proceedings and complex. At least 13 people have been killed and scores injured.

Authorities had earlier imposed a curfew in Sirsa and ordered thousands of Singh's followers to go home.

President Ram Nath Kovind condemned the violence which hit Punchkula and left 28 people dead.

"Suicide is not without instigation, and instigation itself is an offence", the bench said, adding they did not want to see police men being beaten up.

"In light of recent verdict @DelhiPolice swat teams & reserve forces are on patrol". Gandhi appealed to everyone to maintain peace and harmony.

There were reports of violence in other parts of those two states, including an attempt to set a railway station on fire in Muktsar.

Amid unprecedented security, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh reached Panchkula on Friday afternoon to hear the court verdict in a rape and sexual exploitation case.

Ram Rahim was convicted of rape under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which could fetch a sentence of between seven to 10 years.

"Once the verdict comes, whatever situation arises, to deal with that, every possible arrangement has been made", Khattar said in a video message.

The sect claims to have sway over million of people.

Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik said "strict legal action will be taken against miscreants for any violation" as adequate police arrangements were in place and law and order situation in the capital was "under control".

All educational institutions in Haryana remained closed and shops businessmen downed shutters. The violence spilled over from Haryana into Punjab and Delhi as well.

The 50-years-old spiritual leader was accused of raping two of his women followers at his sect headquarter in Haryana's Sirsa back in 2002.



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