- Ram Rahim "is a simple man so he is being harassed": Sakshi Maharaj
- Ram Rahim convicted in rape case, flown to makeshift jail in Rohtak
- 30 killed, 250 injured in violence in Panchkula and Sirsa after verdict
"One person has complained of rape against Ram Rahim. Crores others believe he is God. Who do you think is right?" Sakshi Maharaj said, alleging a "conspiracy to defame not only Ram Rahim and other saints, but also Indian culture."
The BJP member of parliament has also warned that "if even bigger incidents take place, court will also be responsible not just Dera people," saying, "There is so much of ruckus over it, law and order has been disturbed, people are dying...Shouldn't this be a consideration?" Ram Rahim, he said, "is a simple man so he is being harassed."
Ram Rahim's followers also set fire to two train stations in Punjab and burned two buses and two train coaches in Delhi. The capital is on high alert and large gatherings have been banned in several areas.
The Dera chief was flown out by helicopter to Haryana's Rohtak where he has been lodged in a jail. He had arrived in Panchkula today in a 200-car convoy, traveling in bullet proof car from Sirsa. He will be sentenced on Monday.