Guru Gurmeet sentenced 10 years prison, riots erupt in India

Guru Gurmeet sentenced 10 years prison, riots erupt in India
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ROHTAK:  Self-styled spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been sentenced 10 years in prison as he was announced guilty of raping two women followers in a 2002 case by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court.

Followers of Dera Sacha Sauda in Punjab, Haryana and other cities, burned down gas stations and train stations and torched vehicles after Dera chief Ram Rahim was announced guilty of rape by the special CBI court in Panchkula on Friday.

At least 38 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the violence in Haryana, officials said, drawing sharp criticism for the state government.

The Haryana police said they have made sufficient security arrangements to ensure peace and harmony. The 50-year-old “Guru of Bling” has been lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail. Rohtak has been placed under multi-layered security; 28 companies of paramilitary troops have been stationed in the town and Dera followers are not being allowed to enter the district.

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