Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim sentenced to 10 years jail term in each rape case, total 20 years, by the CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh in Sunaria jail, Rohtak. The special judge Jagdeep Singh flew in a special helicopter from Rohtak to pronounce the judgement. As reported by TOI, both the terms will run consequently and not concurrently, making it a total of 20 years jail term for Ram Rahim Singh. He has also been slapped a fine of Rs.30 Lakhs, out of which Rs.14 Lakh each would be given to the two rape survivors.
The judgement was pronounced after the initial verdict given by the special CBI Court in Panchkula on 25th August which held Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ‘Insan’ guilty of rape charges.
The verdict on 25th August resulted in Dera followers indulging in widespread violence causing death of 38 people and leaving nearly 200 injured. Various media vans were also burnt and some media persons got injured. The Dera followers also put on fire private vehicles, building of Income tax office, a petrol pump and some more places.
Ahead of the pronouncement of quantum of verdict, thousands of paramilitary troops and anti-riot police have blocked off all roads in Rohtak. Mobile internet services also remain suspended. All schools and colleges in Haryana and some parts of Punjab are closed. Residents of Rohtak have been asked to stay indoors.
The Haryana Government also impounded 29 vehicles, out of the 302 cars that accompanied Ram Rahim when he visited CBI Court in Panchkula , most of them luxury SUVs and arrested 20 followers of the Ram Rahim Singh. Senior members of Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s sect were placed under detention as a precautionary measure. As per media reports, a fire engine, which was also a part of the Ram Rahim Singh’s motorcade on the 25th, is suspected to be carrying a chemical substance to be used as a deadly weapon to spread violence. It’s also reported that Police has recovered various weapons like pistols, country-made pistols, other sophisticated weapons, iron rods, sticks and wireless sets.
Though the Government has made ample security arrangements, the threat of violence erupting again cannot be completely ruled out.