Ram Rahim guilty of rape
17 reported dead as sect erupts in fury
Published : Friday, 25 August, 2017 at 7:28 PM Count : 187
Just as feared, large clashes, arson and violence erupted in the town of Panchkula in Haryana immediately after spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of raping two women followers.
Seventeen people are reported dead and 150 injured in the violence in Panchkula; the violence quickly spread to other cities including Delhi. Ram Rahim will be sentenced on Monday and was flown out of Panchkula in a government helicopter, reportedly to Rohtak.
By 5 pm, the army was called in to help regain control with 600 soldiers being deployed in Panchkula, which is on the outskirts of Chandigarh.
Before that, the police fired in the air, and used tear gas and water cannons to try and disperse mobs of Ram Rahim supporters, but was easily outnumbered near the courthouse which declared him guilty.
More than a lakh of Ram Rahim's followers had congregated in Panchkula for the verdict, creating a precarious situation.