Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been found guilty of raping two women followers in 2002.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh chief Dera Sacha Sauda has been convicted of
rape charges by the CBI court in Panchkula. The controversial godman-turned-actor now
faces minimum of 10 years in jail since the victim was a minor at the time of the sexual assault.
50-year-old Gurmeet Ram Rahim is being moved to a jail in Ambala, after he was convicted in rape case, said lawyers at the Panchkula court.
Followers of Dera who were camped in Panchkula for 48 hours, have gone on a rampage. They are trying to jump barricades and destroying media vans .
10,000 security forces rush to disperse about 60,000 protestors. Hundreds of tear gas shells fired.
Curfew has been enforced in Mansa, Panchkula, Bathinda, and Ferozepur.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been airlifted to Rohtak Jail by Helicopter.
Two Railway stations in Punjab have been set on fire. Meanwhile, Ferozepur has been put under curfew.
Two police stations have been set on fire by rioters of the Dera Sacha Sauda. Meanwhile, the CNN-News18 crew in Sirsa has been attacked.
Stone pelting has been reported in Sirsa by angry Dera Sacha Sauda supporters.
Around 3 media OB vans have been completely damaged. Heavy lathi charge, tear gas, water cannons being used by security personnel.
Three stadiums have been prepared as temporary jails or holding places if crowds turn violent.
So many trains that travel through Punjab and Haryana have been cancelled. Government offices,
schools and colleges are closed, and Panchkula is under curfew.
Also mobile internet services have been cancelled in Haryana, though the city of Gurgaon,
which hosts large offices of multinationals, is exempt.
He is being investigated by the CBI separately for encouraging the castration of 400 men at his ashram,
he allegedly told them it would bring them closer to God.