Dera Sacha Sauda chieftain Gurmeet Singh popularly known as Ram Rahim was convicted in a rape case by a special CBI court at Panchkula, Haryana. Soon after his conviction, violent clashes between his supporters and policemen were reported. Ram Rahim Singh was accused of raping his two Sadhvis (female saints) in 2002. He denied charges against him.
Soon after his conviction was confirmed, Dera Sacha followers started torching vehicles especially belonging to media and police. Several OB vans, police vehicles burnt or overturned. People in Panchkula are in a state of fear. According to reports shown on TV channels and written on other news portals, about 100 private and and government vehicles either burnt or damaged in Panchkula. Several people got injured amidst gunshots. Agitated followers barged into the government buildings in different sectors of Panchkula and vandalised the buildings and set some of them on fire.
- 5 dead, more than 100 injured
- Sangrur Power Grid set on fire by Dera supporters
- Malout Railway Station set on fire
- Stone pelting at Sri Ganganagar Railway Station
- Telephone exchange burnt in Barnala
- Gareeb Rath train set on fire in Delhi
- Curfew imposed in Bathinda, Sangrur, Patiala
- Internet services suspended in Chandigarh
- States bordering Haryana put on high alerts
- CM Khattar is busy in meeting
- Ram Bilas Sharma, a BJP minister said that section 144 could not be imposed over devotions of Dera Sacha supporters.
- Home Minister offers all assistance to State Govts
- 6 Army Columns, 10 CRPF companies rushed
It is second time in 2 years of time when Haryana suffered a lot. In the last Jat movement, property in billions was damaged, several rape cases were reported and many were dead.
In view of conviction, HC had already alerted about the violence. Ram Bilas Sharma, a BJP minister said that section 144 could not be imposed over devotions of Dera Sacha supporters two days back.