India: Among the cases that convicted Dera Chief has been accused of is the murder of one of his followers, and the alleged castration of over 400 followers inside the Dera headquarters claiming it will lead them ‘closer to God.’
For the Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the troubles have just begun. On Monday he was sentenced to two ten year terms to run consecutively in a rape case. This is not the only case pending against him.
On August 25, self-declared spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had been found guilty of raping two women followers in 2002. He was sentenced on Monday.
Ram Rahim, the spiritual leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda arrived in a car cavalcade which included hundreds of cars this afternoon in Panchkula.
As his verdict was announced, many of his followers wept, some even fainted. Ram Rahim had said he is not guilty of the charges against him.
The situation was tense at the Dera headquarters, about eight km from Sirsa town.
The district administration in Sirsa has imposed curfew from 10 pm on Thursday. However, people were seen roaming around the sect headquarters.
Dera spokesman Aditya Insan said the sect followers will maintain peace in Sirsa and Panchkula.
“There are around five lakh followers who have gathered in and around Sirsa. There are about seven to eight lakh followers gathered in Panchkula,” the spokesman said.
Nearly 1.5 lakh Dera supporters had assembled in Panchkula town.