He was arrested soon after his conviction and has been flown to a jail in Rohtak. The court will sentence Ram Rahim, 50, on Monday, August 28.
As news of today's verdict spread, his followers waiting outside the court broke into violence that soon spread to other parts of the city and also other towns in Haryana and Punjab. They attacked public property and set fire to two train stations in Punjab. A bus and two train coaches were burnt in Delhi.
Ram Rahim was flown out from the Army Cantonment in Panchkula, about 11 km from Chandigarh. Hours before, he had arrived in the town in a convoy of about 200 cars that traveled at high speed from Sirsa, where Ram Rahim's Dera Sacha Sauda sect is headquartered.
The Dera chief, who has been given 'Z' category security, traveled in bullet-proof car. Ram Rahim was accompanied by a number of his own security guards in the convoy.
As the Dera chief left Sirsa around 9 this morning, his followers lined the roadside some wailing hysterically, others fainting.
The violence was feared as tens of thousands of Dera followers had descended on Panchkula a few days ago. They occupied parks, roads and also pitched tents under flyovers.
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