Gurmeet Ram Rahim convicted for rape: 31 dead, 250 injured as Dera chief followers go on rampage in Haryana; Panchkula DCP suspended

Online Desk | Published: 25th August 2017 09:32 AM
Media vans torched by angry Dera Sacha Sauda followers, following Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh being convicted for rape yesterday. (Photo | PTI)

PANCHKULA (HARYANA): A special CBI court here on Friday afternoon convicted Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case, in a verdict pronounced amid unprecedented security cover, over 15 years after an anonymous sexual exploitation complaint was registered against him.

The quantum of sentence, which could range from seven years to a life term, will be pronounced on August 28. The Dera chief has been taken into custody.

Haryana Police and para-military forces tried to evict more than 1.5 lakh Dera followers gathered at various places in Panchkula through the intervening night of Thursday and Friday but were unsuccessful. Violence broke out, as expected after the verdict was announced, and there has been a complete breakdown of law and order.

Haryana Director General of Police BS Sandhu said that 20 columns of the Army had been requisitioned and they had staged a flag march today morning.

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Live updates of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh rape case verdict and aftermath:

Black smoke rises over the skyline of Panchkula as vehicles burn in violence following Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim s conviction in Panchkula on Friday. (PTI)
A DTC bus set on fire by followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim after his conviction in a rape case in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)

Dera chief convicted of rape in the helicopter in which he was flown after the court ruling in Panchkula on Friday. (PTI)
A view of civil hospital in Sirsa following court verdict in the rape trial of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in Sirsa on Friday. (PTI)
Stranded passengers at a railway station in Jammu after several trains were cancelled in view of the Dera chief rape case verdict. (PTI)

Rajasthan: Dera supporters set power sub-station office on fire in Sriganganagar,vehicle at sub-station premises also torched #RamRahimSingh pic.twitter.com/96GMb8suy3

Security officers carry the limp body of a man after Dera Sacha Sauda sect members went on a rampage near a court in Panchkula. (PTI)
A media personnel stands inside a vandalized train coach in Anand Vihar Sation in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)
A helicopter believed to be transporting Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim flies over Rohtak on Friday. (PTI)
Vehicles burn during arson following Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim s conviction in Panchkula on Friday. (PTI)
Dera Sacha Sauda sect members overturn an OB van on the streets of Panchkula. (AP)

IN PICS: Panchkula under lockdown as Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim rape case verdict pronounced today

(with inputs from Agencies and ENS)

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