Gurmeet Ram Rahim Case Live: 30 Dead, 250 Injured As Violence Spreads After Dera Chief Verdict

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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Case Live: 30 Dead, 250 Injured As Violence Spreads After Dera Chief Verdict

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh supporters set a bus on fire in Delhi, after the godman convicted of rape.

Chandigarh:  Violent clashes across Punjab and Haryana have followed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh conviction for raping two women followers in 2002. The self-styled godman will be sentenced on Monday. Heavy security is deployed across Punjab and Haryana. New Delhi along with several cities across the two states remain on high alert. An NDTV engineer was injured after violent Dera supporters attacked the channels Broadcast or OB van. Army is on stand by in the state. Lakhs of Dera followers have gathered in towns across the states with Panchkula, Sirsa, Bhatinda emerging as major flash points. Two train stations were set on fire in Punjab in the towns of Malout and Balluanna. Ram Rahim has denied that he sexually exploited two female followers in 2002.
 

Here are the live updates of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's rape verdict:

 


Aug 26, 2017
01:06 (IST)
Prohibitory orders have been imposed in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district in the wake of widespread violence in Haryana.
Aug 26, 2017
00:15 (IST)
BJP Lawmaker Sakshi Maharaj Says Ram Rahim Being 'Harassed', Attacks Court
Self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, held guilty of raping two women followers by a court in Haryana's Panchkula today, found strong support in BJP lawmaker Sakshi Maharaj, who said the chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect is being "harassed."

BJP Lawmaker Sakshi Maharaj Says Ram Rahim Being 'Harassed', Attacks Court
Aug 25, 2017
23:50 (IST)

DTC spokesperson Sanjay Saxena said the Delhi-Lahore bus
services remained suspended today as well.
Aug 25, 2017
22:54 (IST)
Curfew imposed in Sangrur, Punjab. Security stepped up after violent protests by Dera followers post.


Aug 25, 2017
22:49 (IST)
Baghpat District Magistrate directs all schools in the region to remain closed tomorrow: news agency ANI
Aug 25, 2017
22:48 (IST)
Section 144 imposed in Uttarakhand's Nainital, says news agency ANI
Aug 25, 2017
22:29 (IST)
At least 12 fuel stations near the Haryana border in Delhi have been shut down as a preemptive measure following violence in the neighbouring state, a Delhi Petrol Pump Association official said.
Aug 25, 2017
22:26 (IST)
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar visited Civil Hospital in Panchkula to meet those injured in violent protests.




Aug 25, 2017
22:24 (IST)
Delhi Transport Corporation has suspended bus services to NCR due to incidents of arson.
Aug 25, 2017
21:47 (IST)

50-year-old Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh convicted in rape case.

Aug 25, 2017
21:35 (IST)
'Deeply Distressing,' Says PM Modi After Violence Over Ram Rahim Verdict
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned this evening's massive violence in Haryana in strong terms and asked the people to keep the peace.

'Deeply Distressing,' Says PM Modi After Violence Over Ram Rahim Verdict
Aug 25, 2017
21:12 (IST)
Rakesh Kumar, a reporter with PTC News received injuries in attacks allegedly by followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief while the video journalist Shipendar Happy accompanying him has gone missing after the assault.
Aug 25, 2017
21:05 (IST)

Aug 25, 2017
20:56 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi tweeted on the violence in Panchkula:
Aug 25, 2017
20:54 (IST)
30 dead, 250 injured in violence in Haryana after Ram Rahim Singh verdict, reports news agency PTI


Aug 25, 2017
20:42 (IST)
Curfew has been imposed in Patiala, Punjab: news agency ANI.
Aug 25, 2017
20:31 (IST)
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi condemned about the violence on twitter. He tweeted:

Violence & brutality have no place in our society. Condemn the rampage and lawlessness in Haryana & appeal to restore peace and tranquility
Aug 25, 2017
20:28 (IST)
Section 144 CrPC imposed in 11 districts of Delhi till September 8 including New Delhi. Maintain peace,people are requested to cooperate: Delhi Police
Aug 25, 2017
20:24 (IST)

Aug 25, 2017
20:18 (IST)
Army's flag march in Sirsa, Haryana.

Aug 25, 2017
20:16 (IST)
Heavy security in place; Rapid Action force is deployed in Bathinda, reports news agency ANI
Aug 25, 2017
20:13 (IST)

Aug 25, 2017
19:49 (IST)
High level meeting called at Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence tomorrow. Home Secretary and others senior officials will also be present: Ministry of Home Affairs Sources
Aug 25, 2017
19:45 (IST)
Army moving to Mansa from Bhatinda. Mansa, that is under curfew, has been hit with violence by Dera followers. Earlier in the day income tax office and two cars were set on fire in the town.




Aug 25, 2017
19:37 (IST)
3 people have been arrested today in connection with arson in Delhi after the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case, reports Press Trust of India
Aug 25, 2017
19:34 (IST)
Sonia Gandhi spoke to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh over the violence post Ram Rahim Singh's conviction.
Aug 25, 2017
19:33 (IST)
Despite intel warnings and logistical help, sufficient action wasn’t taken: Source

Intelligence sources reveal that they had earlier informed the Haryana police that "things might go out of hand" That is why so many companies were given to the state. But even then, situation got out of control.

Aug 25, 2017
19:31 (IST)

Aug 25, 2017
19:24 (IST)

Aug 25, 2017
19:20 (IST)
President appeals to citizens to maintain peace

Aug 25, 2017
19:13 (IST)
JUST INOfficials say 28 dead, 250 injured in Panchkula violence, reports news agency PTI



Aug 25, 2017
19:09 (IST)
Here's what Ram Rahim's birthplace, Sriganganagar looks like

Aug 25, 2017
19:08 (IST)
Prohibitory orders imposed in Noida and Ghaziabad as a preventive measure, amid cases of arson after the Ram Rahim verdict. Shamli, Muzaffarnagar and Baghpat are other towns were the orders have been imposed.
Aug 25, 2017
19:02 (IST)
Wondering who the man in the eye of the storm is? Read on
A music video - Love Charger - got self-declared spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh international prime time. The sect claims 50 million followers and has a matrix of popular centres across Punjab and Haryana towns and villages.

Not just this, Ram Rahim is also considered politically important. After initially siding with the Congress, in 2014, he endorsed the BJP for both the general election and the Haryana state election.



Aug 25, 2017
18:49 (IST)
All Delhi Metro stations alerted

All Delhi Metro stations alerted. Vigil intensified at stations along Uttar Pradesh and Haryana borders: CISF DG O P Singh


Aug 25, 2017
18:42 (IST)
Meawhile, The Dera sect plans to challenge verdict against Ram Rahim in higher court

In a statement in Hindi, signed by spokesperson Dilawar Insaan, the Dera also appealed for peace amid widespread violence that has already claimed 17 lives after the verdict was pronounced earlier today.

"This is unjust. We will appeal against the judgement," the statement said.

"What has happened with us is something that has happened to gurus through history. Dera Sacha Sauda is dedicated to the betterment of humanity. We request all to maintain peace," the statement further read.
Aug 25, 2017
18:35 (IST)
Death toll in Panchkula violence rises to 17: Haryana government official quoted by news agency PTI.


Aug 25, 2017
18:33 (IST)

Aug 25, 2017
18:29 (IST)
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar says: "No one is above law." The Chief Minister added, "Anybody who breaks it will be dealt with sternly. I appeal to all of you to maintain peace." 
Aug 25, 2017
18:26 (IST)
Delhi- Rohtak trains cancelled

All trains from Delhi to Rohtak will remain cancelled due to law and order situation in Haryana: Northern Railway

Aug 25, 2017
18:23 (IST)
JUST IN: Army deployed in Sirsa, intense clashes between Ram Rahim followers and cops


Aug 25, 2017
18:14 (IST)
13 Dead, 150 injured as violence worsens in Panchkula

At least 13 people were killed today and about 150 have been injured in violence that erupted in Panchkula after angry supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh went on the ramapage. Incidents of violence have been reported from various places in and around Punjab Haryana. Chief Ministers of all neighbouring states have asked people to maintain calm.


Aug 25, 2017
18:06 (IST)

Aug 25, 2017
18:05 (IST)
Properties of the Dera will be attached to pay for whatever is vandalised, rules Punjab High Court. Hearing on the same tomorrow.
Aug 25, 2017
18:02 (IST)
Vehicle torched in Rajasthan's Sriganganagar, birthplace of Dera chief Ram Rahim
Sriganganagar district collector Gyana Ram said that it was yet to be ascertain whether the incident was in reaction to the conviction of the self-styled godman.

The gang torched the jeep and fled from the spot. The district collector said that the fire was doused by firemen soon.

Security has been stepped up across the district, which is home to a large number of followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim, in view of the verdict.
Aug 25, 2017
18:01 (IST)

Aug 25, 2017
17:56 (IST)
Dera Chief Ram Rahim Singh reached Rohtak jail.
Aug 25, 2017
17:55 (IST)
Ram Rahim Followers Arrived Like Wave That Refused To Break: Foreign Media

In the wake of the ruling, authorities in both Haryana and the neighboring state of Punjab are also on high alert in the event the verdict sparks violence.


Aug 25, 2017
17:41 (IST)
Death toll in Panchkula violence rises to 12, says Chief Medical Officer of civil hospital: PTI news agency
Aug 25, 2017
17:40 (IST)
Bus set ablaze near Delhi's Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital

Aug 25, 2017
17:38 (IST)

Aug 25, 2017
17:36 (IST)
Empty rakes of Rewa Express at Anand Vihar Terminal railway station set on fire

Two empty rakes of Rewa Express at Anand Vihar Terminal railway station set on fire: Northern Railway Spokesman Neeraj Sharma told news agency ANI


Aug 25, 2017
17:31 (IST)
JUST IN: After a bus is torched in northeast Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urges people to maintain peace after violence in Haryana and Punjab following conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim.


Aug 25, 2017
17:27 (IST)
Alert sounded in Uttar Pradesh, a state neighbouring Haryana, after violence rises in the two states.
Aug 25, 2017
17:25 (IST)
Ram Rahim flown out of Panchkula to Rohtak amid violence by followers after his conviction.
Aug 25, 2017
17:18 (IST)
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the violence in Punjab and Haryana

- Home secretary and Director of the Intelligence Bureau also briefed me. Reviewed the situation

- Both Chief Ministers told me that situation is in control. I assured them all help.                        

- I appeal to everyone specially the followers to maintain peace

Home Minister will now brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi about ground situation


Aug 25, 2017
17:13 (IST)

Aug 25, 2017
17:11 (IST)

Aug 25, 2017
17:11 (IST)
Here's the latest we know about the about the clashes in Punjab and Haryana

The violence spread quickly to other towns including Bhatinda in Punjab and Sirsa in Haryana, where Ram Rahim's headquarters are located on a campus that extends to hundreds of acres.

Read more here
Aug 25, 2017
17:08 (IST)
Six army columns have been deployed in Panchkula, they however have not taken any action.




Aug 25, 2017
17:06 (IST)
Emergency meeting Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's house, as violence in the state swells.


Aug 25, 2017
17:03 (IST)
About 600 soldiers sent in Panchkula , says army, as violence worsens in the town after Ram Rahim verdict


Aug 25, 2017
17:02 (IST)
Police use teargas shells, water cannons to disperse Gurmeet Ram Rahim followers near Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa: PTI
Aug 25, 2017
16:55 (IST)
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who just returned from Kyrgyzstan, offers assistance to Punjab and Haryana police if required.
Aug 25, 2017
16:53 (IST)
JUST IN: 5 dead in clashes in Panchkula as violence from Ram Rahim Singh's supporters gets worse, reports news agency PTI.
Aug 25, 2017
16:52 (IST)
350 trains from Punjab have been cancelled.


Aug 25, 2017
16:49 (IST)

Aug 25, 2017
16:46 (IST)
Closer look: NDTV OB van was attacked by Ram Rahim Singh's supporters

Aug 25, 2017
16:43 (IST)
Curfew imposed in more cities of Punjab

Curfew now imposed in Punjab's Muktsar, Bathinda, Mansa.
Aug 25, 2017
16:35 (IST)
Situation is perfectly normal in Gurugram, don't believe rumours: Police

Aug 25, 2017
16:34 (IST)
GROUND REPORT: All I Can See Is Smoke, Says NDTV Reporter Amid Panchkula Violence

As news of the conviction came in, thousands of followers waiting near the court broke down police barricades and threw stones, attacking OB vans of news channels, including NDTV. They smashed windows of the van and pushed them over. A fire engine and several cars were set on fire. 

An NDTV engineer has been injured on the head; when he tried to leave, the mob held him down and beat him up.


Aug 25, 2017
16:28 (IST)
Ram Rahim Singh likely to be taken to a jail in Rohtak

It is speculated that Ram Rahim Singh will be taken to a jail in Rohtak. Security preparations are underway in the jail. Barricades have been erected around the jail boundaries
Aug 25, 2017
16:23 (IST)
Curfew clamped in Panchkula as Dera followers go on rampage after conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh: news agency PTI quoting police
Aug 25, 2017
16:21 (IST)
10 injured in violent protests in Haryana: ANI

10 injured in violent protests, shifted to a hospital in Sector 6 Panchkula, reports news agency ANI.
Aug 25, 2017
16:14 (IST)
Delhi on high alert

National capital Delhi on high alert after Ram Rahim Singh supporters resort to violence. Alert sounded in Bhatinda in Punjab too.
Aug 25, 2017
16:10 (IST)
Amid rising reports of violence, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appeals for calm


Aug 25, 2017
16:06 (IST)
JUST IN: Army column seen outside the court have relocated itself to facilitate quick response.
Aug 25, 2017
16:06 (IST)
Malout railway station and petrol pump set on fire allegedly by Ram Rahim supporters after the verdict.


Aug 25, 2017
16:03 (IST)
FROM THE GROUND: Large crowds of inch towards where Ram Rahim Singh is being held. Security forces are retreating in places, given large number of supporters.
Aug 25, 2017
15:58 (IST)
Watch | NDTV crew hurt in violence outside court

Aug 25, 2017
15:58 (IST)
NDTV crew hurt in violence after Ram Rahim Singh convicted by Panchkula's Special CBI Court
Aug 25, 2017
15:49 (IST)
Live bullets fired in the air to disperse crowds, reports ANI
  • Police fire tear gas shells on Dera protesters in Panchkula
  • Tear Gas and lathicharge reported in Sector 5 Panchkula as crowds turn violent
  • Live bullets fired in the air to disperse crowds


Aug 25, 2017
15:45 (IST)
NDTV OB van vandalised, engineer injured
The situation in Panchkula has gone out of control. NDTV's Amitoj Singh reports that the supporters of the Dera chief are not sparing even the journalists present at the venue. NDTV's OB vans has been vandalised, an engineer who was inside the van has also been injured.
Aug 25, 2017
15:39 (IST)
Dera supporters resort to violence, attack media
Supporters of Dera chief are attacking journalists, and are breaking windows of media vans that are present near the venue, reports NDTV's Amitoj Singh
Aug 25, 2017
15:33 (IST)
Aug 25, 2017
15:31 (IST)
Heavy security presence outside Dera headquarter
At least three layers of security is present outside the Dera headquarter, where thousands of supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim's supporters are present, reports NDTV's Sheikh Zaffar.  
Aug 25, 2017
15:23 (IST)
Dera chief taken into custody by Haryana police
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been taken into custody. On Monday, the court will pronounce the quantum of sentence, he faces up to 7 years in jail.  
Aug 25, 2017
15:13 (IST)
Aug 25, 2017
15:11 (IST)
Dera Chief Convicted In Rape Case
Special CBI Court finds Dera Chief Ram Rahim Singh guilty of rape. The quantum of punishment to be announced on August 28.

Aug 25, 2017
14:50 (IST)
Aug 25, 2017
14:29 (IST)
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Rape Case Verdict: Film Incidents Of Arson, Use Force If Needed, Panchkula Cops Ordered

As spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh headed towards the town of Panchkula in a convoy of 200 cars, drones and helicopters took charge of the skies to survey the huge groups of his devotees that have gathered for a verdict on whether he is guilty of rape." itemprop="description
Aug 25, 2017
14:27 (IST)
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar appeals for peace
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has urged followers of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim to remain clam.
Aug 25, 2017
14:15 (IST)
Hundreds of supporters gathered close to the court complex despite prohibitory orders.
Aug 25, 2017
14:03 (IST)
Punjab, Haryana brace for verdict
Tension has prevailed in Haryana and Punjab during the past 72 hours in the build up to the verdict against the sect chief with thousands of his followers gathering in Panchkula, Sirsa and other places.
Aug 25, 2017
13:38 (IST)
'Armed' With Sticks, Ram Rahim's Women Followers Take Turns To Guard Dera

Dupattas covering their heads, a -battalion- of women devotees holding wooden sticks line the roads in and near Sirsa town in Haryana, waiting for a verdict to be delivered some 250 km away in a rape case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect." itemprop="description
Aug 25, 2017
13:37 (IST)
CBI Court to pronounce verdict at 2:30 pm
The special CBI court will give its final judgment at around 2:30 pm in the 14 year-old rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief
Aug 25, 2017
12:50 (IST)
Aug 25, 2017
12:17 (IST)
Aug 25, 2017
12:15 (IST)
ATMs, Shops, Fuel Stations Shut In Sirsa Ahead Of Verdict

Shops, ATMs, cinema halls, petrol pumps, located near Dera headquarters in Sirsa were closed today, hours before a court verdict in a rape case against the sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh." itemprop="description
Aug 25, 2017
11:49 (IST)
Aug 25, 2017
11:18 (IST)
Aug 25, 2017
11:06 (IST)

There is massive police security; the Army has been called in and is monitoring the situation with the state government. The union Home Ministry has said it is watching closely from a Delhi control room.
Aug 25, 2017
11:03 (IST)
Over 200 Haryana-Bound Trains Cancelled

The railways on Friday cancelled over 200 Haryana-bound trains as security concerns mounted ahead of CBI court's verdict in the case. 

"At least 201 trains heading to Haryana on Friday have been cancelled in view of the law and order situation in the state," a Northern Railway official told news agency IANS
Aug 25, 2017
10:37 (IST)

Outside the Dera headquarters, many devotees - who call themselves premis - fell to the ground and wept
Aug 25, 2017
10:26 (IST)
Why They Love Rockstar Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim: Tale Of 2 Devotees

As two states are on lockdown for a court verdict in a rape case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the chief of the influential Dera Sacha Sauda sect, tens of thousands of devotees have kept the police and the army on edge over the past two days. Among these "Dera Premis" are men and women who claim they travelled to the Panchkula city, where a court is to deliver the verdict, just for a glimpse of their "Guruji"."
Aug 25, 2017
10:24 (IST)
Aug 25, 2017
10:10 (IST)
Dera followers ignore appeals to move out of Panchkula

Large number of Dera Sacha Sauda followers continued to stay put in Panchkula today, ignoring appeals from the administration and their sect head.

Security forces are facing a tough situation as many Dera followers remained reluctant to move, with most saying they had come to the town on their own and will move only after after the court delivers its verdict.
Aug 25, 2017
10:07 (IST)
Ahead Of Dera Chief Verdict, 29 Trains To Punjab, Haryana Cancelled

Ahead of today's judgement of a special court in a sexual exploitation case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the railways has cancelled 29 trains bound for Punjab and Haryana for four days, beginning Thursday." itemprop="description
Aug 25, 2017
09:48 (IST)
Home Ministry closely monitoring situation
The union Home Ministry has said it is watching closely from Delhi and has promised Haryana Chief Minister of all help he needs.
Aug 25, 2017
09:45 (IST)
Unconfirmed reports said nearly 1.5 lakh Dera supporters have assembled in Panchkula town
Aug 25, 2017
09:37 (IST)
Gurmeet Ram Rahim is headed to court in a convoy of over 100 vehicles
Aug 25, 2017
09:26 (IST)
Gurmeet Ram Rahim leaves for court
Self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim has left for court. The Dera chief is travelling in a convoy of hundreds of vehicles. He is expected to reach court by 2:30 PM 
Aug 25, 2017
09:21 (IST)
At Ram Rahim's Main Base In Sirsa, Women Followers Stand Guard With Sticks
Sirsa will not sleep tonight. Like a stream, thousands of men and women -- children in tow -- have been flowing into the Haryana city, the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda, whose chief is expected to face a verdict on a rape case today." itemprop="description
Aug 25, 2017
08:45 (IST)
Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation suspends 150 bus routes to neighbouring states
Aug 25, 2017
08:42 (IST)
Aug 25, 2017
08:37 (IST)
Mobile services not affected in Gurgaon, Faridabad, clarifies police

Mobile internet services are down in Haryana. However, the police in Gurgaon tweeted that the satellite city, where top international firms have large offices, will not be affected.
Aug 25, 2017
08:34 (IST)
Aug 25, 2017
08:31 (IST)
15,000 central troops deployed

The centre has sent 15,000 paramilitary troops to add to the many layers of police guarding Panchkula. The administration moved in more security forces into Panchkula after midnight.
Aug 25, 2017
08:29 (IST)
Dera spokesperson has claimed that around five lakh followers have arrived in Sirsa
Aug 25, 2017
08:25 (IST)
27 trains have been cancelled on routes that include Panchkula. 
Aug 25, 2017
08:17 (IST)
Dera Sacha Sauda sect head appeals followers to leave Panchkula

Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim has asked his followers to go back to their homes. The sect head released a video and asked his followers to abide by law.

"I had earlier appealed to maintain peace and calm and asked (followers) not to go to Panchkula. All those (followers) who are in Panchkula should return to their home.

"I have to go to the court for hearing the verdict and I will go to Panchkula. We should all abide by law and maintain peace and calm," Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh said in his video appeal.

It has become a challenge for the security personnel to remove Dera followers who have come to Panchkula to have a glimpse of their 'Pita ji'.
Aug 25, 2017
08:17 (IST)
An estimated 1.5 lakh Dera followers including men, women and children have gathered in Panchkula, where a CBI court is set to deliver its verdict in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Aug 25, 2017
08:14 (IST)
Groups of followers of self-styled godman Ram Rahim have gathered alongside a major highway.
Aug 25, 2017
08:12 (IST)
The government of Haryana has cut off mobile internet services and asked for the army to be ready to intervene if required.
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