Ram Rahim Singh verdict

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Ram Rahim Singh verdict

On August 17, the special CBI court of Panchkula concluded hearing in the case, but reserved pronouncing the verdict for August 25.

Just as feared, large clashes, arson and violence erupted in the town of Panchkula in Haryana after spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of raping two women followers in 2002.

Singh, one of the most powerful men in India, runs the 69-year-old sect from its ashram headquarters on a sprawling, 1,000-acre Haryana property that includes a hotel, cinema, cricket stadium and schools.

The Dera chief, who enjoys "Z" category security, is also being accompanied a number of his own security guards in a cavalcade.

But that's not all.

Sandhu said the Dera chief was airlifted to Rohtak, where he has been lodged in the district jail in Sunaria, which lies almost 10 km on the outskirts the town.

At least 28 people were killed as violence hit Panchkula city in Haryana on Friday following the conviction of Dera Sacha chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by a CBI court for the rape of two women. "Request everyone to maintain peace and not fuel rumours", read another tweeted.

A pall of gloom descended among the thousands of followers as the verdict became known.

However, he promised to go to court to be present for the verdict. He also asked his followers to maintain peace.

Watch the live coverage of the case proceeding on AajTak. Violence spreads to Delhi. The CBI court in Panchkula today held the self-styled godman guilty of charges slapped by the investigation under section 376 and section 506 of the Indian Penal Code.

Aside from Panchkula in Haryana, curfew has been imposed in Mansa, Ferozepur and Bathinda districts of Punjab.

Journalists and security personnel came under targeted attack. Singh's followers have reportedly damaged cars and set media vans on fire. Although forces are deployed outside the court who are trying to control the situation.

But it's not just Punjab and Haryana that are burning.

In another incident, two empty coaches of Rewa Express were also set ablaze by angry protesters in the Anand Vihar area.

Delhi Police said a bus was torched in northeast Delhi's Loni Chowk.

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