Indian police issue shoot on sight order ahead of guru's sentencing

Tuesday, 29 Aug, 2017

The fine is also Rs 15 lakh in each case, of which Rs 14 lakh each must be paid to each victim.

A controversial Indian spiritual guru has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for rape, India's Central Bureau of Investigation announced Monday.

The Haryana government said today it had extended the period of suspension of mobile internet services, including 2G, 3G, 4G, CDMA and GPRS, all SMS and dongle services provided on mobile networks, except voice calls, in the state till 11.30 am on August 29.

A self-styled "guru" in India has been jailed for 10 years for raping two female followers.

The letter writer alleged that she was raped repeatedly over three years, that she was not the only one being exploited, and that if "the press or some government agency" investigated her allegations, "40 to 50 girls living in the Dera Sacha Sauda campus would come forward to reveal the truth".

The case has also highlighted the Indian heartland's fascination with spiritual gurus, who enjoy enormous political clout for their ability to mobilise millions of followers frustrated by the shortcomings of the state. Later he broke down.

Singh, 50, will not be taken to court to hear his sentence.

Singh arrived in Rohtak in a helicopter, landing on a helipad near the jail located on the outskirts of Rohtak.

Ram Rahim's lawyers demanded that he be shifted from Rohtak jail, said sources.

Thirty-six people were killed as tens of thousands of Ram Rahim Singh's followers went on rampage across Haryana after the court decision on Friday.

Honeypreet, fondly known as "Papa's angel' was also allowed to accompany the Dera chief along with bags and suitcases even after the police officers took him into the custody in Panchkula". Ram Rahim has been sent for a medical examination.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's followers rioted after Friday's verdict in Panchkula - 38 people were killed.

Anshul, the son of murdered Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chandra Chhatrapati, welcomed the CBI special court judgment. Though he should have been given life imprisonment, I am satisfied with the order of the court.

The guru has denied raping the two followers, in a case that stems from charges filed in 2002. "Some dera followers are still present inside the sect headquarters", V. Umashamkar, Commissioner, told media. A case was then registered by the CBI.

Following Friday's rioting and arson attack by the Dera followers, the Haryana police started a sanitization drive starting from Panchkula and extending it to Rohtak, Ambala and Sirsa, clearing up the area of all sticks, stones and petrol that the Dera supporters had brought along with them ahead of Friday's verdict. In July 2002, he was found shot dead. M Narayanan, a senior CBI official who handled the investigation but is now retired, said "The punishment is not sufficient". In Sirsa, four people died and 58 were injured.