- 7 guards tried to take Ram Rahim away after conviction, were stopped
- They could have taken him to followers, making arrest difficult: Officer
- Guards were detained, later booked for attempt to murder, sedition
Some Haryana Police officers and paramilitary personnel inside the court premises thwarted the attempt after a brief scuffle and ensured Ram Rahim, who heads the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was put into a police vehicle and driven to a helicopter that flew him to Rohtak, where he has been lodged in prison.
Witness said Ram Rahim's guards even lay down in front of the police vehicle to prevent it from being driven away and were removed. They were detained in a separate room immediately and later booked for attempt to murder, sedition and trying to prevent police officials from performing their duty. After their arrest they have been remanded in police custody.
Ram Rahim left the court premises with several assistants carrying out bags and other luggage. Haryana has sacked one of its top lawyers, Deputy Advocate General Gurdass Singh Salwara, who was caught on camera holding Ram Rahim Singh's bright orange suitcase.
On Friday, special CBI court judge Jagdeep Singh held the Dera chief, who has lakhs of followers in Punjab and Haryana, guilty of raping and sexually exploiting two women followers in 2002. As his conviction was announced, violence erupted in Panchkula and other parts of the state. At least 36 people have died in the violence, 30 of them in Panchkula and Sirsa, where the Dera Sacha Sauda is headquartered. Over 250 people were injured in the violence.
Judge Jagdeep Singh will be flown to Rohtak and will sentence Ram Rahim in the prison.