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Ram Rahim Verdict Highlights: Uneasy Calm Prevails In Punjab, Haryana After Ram Rahim's Conviction

Ram Rahim Verdict Highlights: Uneasy Calm Prevails In Punjab, Haryana After Ram Rahim's Conviction

Ram Rahim rape case verdict: Widespread violence was witnessed in Punjab and Haryana.

Self-styled spiritual guru and rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was moved to a prison in Haryana's Rohtak late Friday as a court in Panchkula found him guilty of raping two women followers in 2002. After a dramatic kick-off from his headquarter in Sirsa with his 200-car convoy, Ram Rahim was taken to Rohtak by helicopter, after being convicted and arrested. As he landed in Rohtak, Ram Rahim was taken to a police guest house that served as a makeshift jail. He was shifted to a prison only much later in the evening. After the judgement was announced, thousands of his followers gathered in Panchkula erupted in violence, setting vehicles and public property on fire and clashing with the police. The outburst of violence has left 36 dead and over 250 injured.

Here are the live updates following Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim's Rape case conviction:

Aug 27, 2017 01:17 (IST)
Right now, situation in most parts of Haryana and its neighbouring state Punjab remain calm, say police and administration. However, several towns including Sirsa and Panchkula remain under curfew. Political tug of war between BJP and opposition parties has taken the fore now.

The judgment in Ram Rahim's case will be announced in the Rohtak jail on Monday.

This is us signing off, follow for updates on the judgment on Monday.
Aug 27, 2017 01:03 (IST)
Dera Chief Ram Rahim Singh Now Prisoner Number 1997 In Rohtak Jail

'Baba of bling' Ram Rahim Singh head of Dera Sacha Sauda, is now prisoner number 1997.

The flashy self-styled godman known for gliding through the air dressed in pink robes in his promotional videos, spent his first night by roaming inside the cell till midnight, prison officials said.

A bowl of dal, two chapatis and mixed pickle were served to him in dinner, they added.

Arrangements have been inside the prison to keep the Dera chief secure. He has no contact with other inmates, Haryana DGP (Jails) K P Singh said.
Aug 27, 2017 00:02 (IST)
Watch Left Right Centre: Haryana Riots- BJP Self Goal In Backing Khattar?

A day after widespread violence and rioting following the verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court came out with some stinging words for the Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the free hand given to his supporters to go on the rampage. But the BJP decides to stand by ML Khattar. Is this going to be a political self goal, Left, Right and Centre team finds out

Aug 26, 2017 23:24 (IST)
No VIP treatment to Ram Rahim in jail, Haryana government clarifies

Aug 26, 2017 23:03 (IST)
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will tour some "vulnerable" areas in the state to thank people and security forces for ensuring peace despite the tension.
Aug 26, 2017 22:24 (IST)
In view of deteriorating law and order situation in Haryana, Jammu and Punjab area, here are the trains cancelled down south

1. Train No. 22685, Yesvantpur-Chandigarh Superfast Karnataka Sampark Kranthi Express journey commencing from Yesvantpur on 26.08.2017 is cancelled.

2. Train No. 82651, Yesvantpur-Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Katra Suvidha Express Journey commencing from Yesvantpur on 26.08.2017 is cancelled.

3. Train No. 22686, Chandigarh-Yesvantpur Superfast Karnataka Sampark Kranthi Express Journey commencing on 26.08.2017 is cancelled.

Aug 26, 2017 21:57 (IST)
Till now, 552 people have been arrested in connection to violence in Punjab and Haryana yesterday; 24 police vehicles have been damaged.

Aug 26, 2017 21:36 (IST)
JUST IN:Sirsa district administration decides to relax curfew from 6 AM to 11 AM tomorrow.
Aug 26, 2017 20:51 (IST)
"Transcendent failure of governance" in Haryana: Shashi Tharoor

Congress parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor today said Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar should be sacked for his government's "complete failure" in controlling the violence following Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's conviction in a rape case.

Aug 26, 2017 20:42 (IST)
Mayawati seeks dismissal of Haryana government over violence in the state

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Saturday demanded the dismissal of the Manoharlal Khattar government in Haryana for failing to curb the violence that erupted after a CBI court convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case.

In a statement here on Saturday, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the loss of lives, damage to property and cancellation of over 500 trains was a huge national loss and the BJP government in Haryana was responsible for failing to contain the violet outburst of the Dera sect.

She also accused the BJP of not acting in the wake of the violence in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana as it had "vote bank politics on its mind".

Aug 26, 2017 19:41 (IST)

Aug 26, 2017 19:35 (IST)
Arrangements being made for Ram Rahim's court in Rohtak: Police

Aug 26, 2017 19:29 (IST)
'You let Panchkula burn for political motives': How court ripped into Haryana

Aug 26, 2017 19:01 (IST)
Delhi to remain on high alert today too: Police

High alert continues in Delhi. No incident reported. Section 144 to continue in the said areas till further order. Won't affect normal life: Delhi Police spokesman. Nine cases of arson were reported in Delhi yesterday after Ram Rahim Singh's supporters went violent.

Aug 26, 2017 18:49 (IST)
With the wave of violence down now, here's the latest we know about Panchkula and Sirsa

- The Army and district authorities have been making announcements through loudspeakers, asking those inside to leave the premises.

- The self-styled godman Ram Rahim, 50, will not be brought to Panchkula for the sentencing. The Judge will be taken to the Rohtak prison where court proceedings will be held.

Read more here

Aug 26, 2017 18:42 (IST)
In case you missed it, here's why Deputy Advocate General Gurdass Singh Salwara was sacked today

The top lawyer was caught on camera holding self-styled spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's bag after his conviction in a rape case

Aug 26, 2017 18:24 (IST)
One more person dead in Sirsa taking the total death toll in violent protests in the town and Panchkula to 32, reports news agency ANI.

Aug 26, 2017 18:07 (IST)
For Gurmeet Ram Rahim's sentencing in rape case, judge to be taken to Rohtak prison.
Aug 26, 2017 17:32 (IST)
JUST IN:Deputy Advocate General Gurdass Singh Salwara sacked, reports news agency ANI. He reportedly carried Ram Rahim Singh's luggage after the latter was convicted in rape case.
Aug 26, 2017 17:23 (IST)
A day after widespread violence, arson and rioting left 31 people dead and property worth crores destroyed by angry supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Panchkula following his conviction in a rape case, the Haryana Police today said the jailed spiritual guru will not be brought to Panchkula for the sentencing on Monday. CBI court judge Jagdeep Singh while convicting the Dera chief in the 2002 rape case and sexual exploitation of two female followers, said the quantum of punishment for the 50-year-old leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect would be handed out on August 28.

Aug 26, 2017 17:03 (IST)
Aug 26, 2017 16:37 (IST)
There were no deaths in Punjab, everything was peaceful here. There was no firing, lathicharge: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh
Aug 26, 2017 16:32 (IST)
Near the Sirsa campus, 2 AK-47s and a pistol have been found in a car. Centres of the sect in different cities, referred to as Naam Charcha Ghars, are being searched and sealed.
Aug 26, 2017 16:26 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not spared as a furious court today reprimanded Haryana and the central governments over the deadly rioting by self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim's followers after his conviction for rape. "He is the Prime Minister of not the BJP but of India," said the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Aug 26, 2017 16:10 (IST)
Aug 26, 2017 16:00 (IST)
Facing flak over failure to check violence by Dera Sacha Sauda followers, the Haryana government today suspended the Deputy Commissioner of Police of Panchkula, alleging that a "defective" order by him allowed the crowd build-up in the district.
Aug 26, 2017 15:27 (IST)
Aug 26, 2017 15:18 (IST)
Amit Malviya, Head of IT, BJP tweets in support of the Haryana government

Aug 26, 2017 14:43 (IST)
Nearly three hours of arson and vandalism left Panchkula, always seen as a peaceful second option to adjoining Chandigarh, badly scarred.

Aug 26, 2017 14:39 (IST)
"No special treatment is being given to him (Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh). He is being treated like any other ordinary prisoner. An ordinary prisoner sleeps on floor and he, too, is doing the same," Depinder Singh said today.
Aug 26, 2017 14:36 (IST)
28 deaths in Panchkula - 24 men, 3 women and a child. Three deaths have been reported from Sirsa: Haryana Chief Secretary Depinder Singh.
Aug 26, 2017 14:26 (IST)
Aug 26, 2017 14:25 (IST)
Haryana chief secretary Depinder Singh Dhesi says Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's 'Z plus' security withdrawn after his conviction in rape case, reports Press Trust of India.
Aug 26, 2017 14:15 (IST)
Fifteen Dera supporters have been arrested since last night, the police said. Dera centres at Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal and Panchkula have been sealed
Aug 26, 2017 14:10 (IST)
Aug 26, 2017 13:34 (IST)
Aug 26, 2017 13:28 (IST)
The Haryana government has been criticised for mismanaging a situation that escalated quickly, despite several warnings. The government has also been accused of allowing at least 1.5 lakh followers of Dera Sacha Sauda, the sect headed by Ram Rahim, to gather at Panchkula and other cities ahead of the verdict.
Aug 26, 2017 13:18 (IST)
A day after 31 people died and over 250 were injured in violence by supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh after he was found guilty of rape, the Haryana Government was lacerated by the High Court, which said: "You let a city like Panchkula burn over political motives."
Aug 26, 2017 13:14 (IST)
Justifying the violence, one of the lawyers of the Dera chief said his followers had every right to express their outrage, according to news agency Reuters.
Aug 26, 2017 12:51 (IST)
Curfew has been imposed in Panchkula, Sirsa and Kaithal in Haryana as well in some towns in Punjab.

Aug 26, 2017 12:47 (IST)
After Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was held guilty of rape by a court in Panchkula yesterday, former CBI joint director Mulinja Narayanan, who headed the investigations against the influential Dera Sacha Sauda chief revealed that he was under pressure to close the case and described it as a "game of wits".

Aug 26, 2017 12:38 (IST)
The Centre asked the Haryana government to provide adequate security to the CBI special court judge who convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case, officials said. The home ministry will analyse intelligence inputs before deciding whether the Judge's security needs to be handled by a central force, such as the CRPF or CISF, the official added.

Aug 26, 2017 12:29 (IST)
Search of all 'congregation centres' of Dera Sacha Sauda in Haryana ordered, says Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas, reports Press Trust of India.
Aug 26, 2017 12:20 (IST)
Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh said, "Just been briefed by DGP, situation peaceful, curfew lifted in 3 districts, relaxed in all others this morning. State on alert for 48 hrs."

Aug 26, 2017 11:53 (IST)

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Dera Sacha Sauda describes itself as a social welfare and spiritual organisation and says it has 50 million followers and has a matrix of popular centres across Punjab and Haryana. Its sprawling 100-acre campus in Sirsa, Haryana, has its own schools, sports village, hospital, confectionery, a spice factory, agricultural farm and a cinema hall. 
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For a recap of Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's rape verdict, click here