Updated: August 26, 2017 1:09:25 pm
A CBI court in Panchkula convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a 2002 rape case. The court said that it will announce the quantum of sentence on Monday. Following the judgment, followers of the sect and self-styled godman resorted to violence and vandalism in several parts of Haryana and Punjab to protest against the ruling. The followers of Ram Rahim said that he was “falsely implicated” because the government could not bear to stand his rising popularity. The followers also blamed the media of running a vicious campaign against the Dera.
At least 28 people died in clashes in the satellite town of Panchkula, with 3 more deaths reported in Sirsa, the headquarters of the Dera. Over 250 people have been reported to be injured in the clashes. The violence reached parts of Delhi on Friday night and section 144 was imposed in 11 districts of the national capital. On Saturday, Delhi Police said that no violence has been reported since Friday and the situation is coming under control.
See images below from Panchkula, the epicentre of the violence on Friday:
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