All the week the followers of Dera Saccha Sauda religious sect gathered in the city of Panchkula where the court said that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is guilty, for the rape of two followers in 2002.The results broke out a massive rampage.
The Press Trust of India, citing hospital officials, said at least five were dead and scores injured as thousands “rampaged” in Panchkula. More than 600 soldiers were deployed to the area.
The leader is known as “Guru Of Bling”, is a cultural heavy-hitter among India’s holy men. With a black, Santa-sized beard and a penchant for roaring around on motorcycles, Singh describes himself on Twitter as “Spiritual Saint/Philanthropist/Versatile Singer/Allrounder Sportsperson/Film Director/Actor/Art Director/Music Director/Writer/Lyricist/Autobiographer/DOP.”
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to the Chief Ministers of the two worst-affected states, Punjab and Haryana. A bus and two coaches of an empty train were set on fire in Delhi. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed for calm, the capital has been placed on high alert. Fire safety officials said they had identified seven hot spots, mostly on the border with Haryana and were dealing with nine cases of arson. Though the Police claims that Gurugram is calm.
Ambulances were shuttling injured people to hospitals.One car and a fire engine were set on fire. The media was attacked an NDTV live broadcast van was set on fire and destroyed. An NDTV engineer was held down by a mob and was hit on the head.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked for a report on this tomorrow morning and has indicated the policemen involved to be punished. The court has reportedly indicated that the many properties of Ram Rahim’s sect will be seized to pay for the massive damages caused today to public property.
Two train stations were set on fire in Punjab in the towns of Malout and Balluanna. almost 200 trains that run through Punjab and Haryana have been cancelled. Ram Rahim arrived for the verdict in a 200-car cavalcade and stood with his eyes closed and hands folded in prayer as the verdict was delivered. By last night, Panchkula had more than one lakh followers of Ram Rahim – over the last two days, despite the Haryana government’s claims of roping off the city.
Ram Rahim also said to his follower that he will disperse and will return home as he asked them all to stay calm, but the followers refused as they said they want to stay and show thr support to him.
Mobile internet services have been cancelled indefinitely in Haryana, though the city of Gurgaon, which hosts large offices of multinationals, is exempt
Ram Rahim was flows out by a helicopter to Rohtak where he will be jailed.