By Nikita Goel
Born in Sri Gurusar Modia village in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar district, Gurmeet was raised by his father, a landlord. The 50-year-old, who is said to have always been spiritual, was picked out by Shah Satnam Singh, then head of the Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa, when he was seven. In 1990, when he turned 23-years-old, Ram Rahim was chosen as Satnam Singh’s successor. He has completed high school and is married to Harjeet Kaur. They have three children, Charanpreet, Amanpreet and Jasmeet. They also adopted a girl later.
Today, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh found guilty of raping two ‘sadhvis’ (female followers) by the CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana. The quantum of the sentence will be announced on Monday, August 28. The Dera chief faces up to seven years in jail.
Violence has broken out in Panchkula and nearby areas as supporters of Ram Rahim Singh went on a rampage setting government buildings and media OB vans on fire. Government offices have also been vandalised.
Following the intense violence in Panchkula almost 250 trains have been cancelled. Additional Chief Secretary Ram Niwas has assured compensation for the losses of media and other properties by the state government. He further added that strict action would be taken against the protesters as there are video footages to identify them. Ram Niwas also urged Dera supporters to stay calm & deter the protesters. Due to rampant violence in Panchkula, section 144 has also been imposed in Noida and Ghaziabad regions, reports ANI. DG CISF OP Singh has sent alerts to all officers posted at Delhi Metro stations.
At least eight persons have been arrested in Bathinda f or causing violence at various places in the district.Dera comes out with its first official statement after the conviction – It says they have been wronged and that they will appeal in a higher court.
Meanwhile, at least 1000 Dera supporters have been detained in Panchkula.
Thedeath toll has jumped to 17 now with over 200 injured in the clashes. However, indianexpress.com has not been able to confirm the 17 deaths. If adequate security arrangements were made, such precious lives wouldn’t have been lost. There’s a lot of demand for the resignation of Haryana CM ML Khattar on social media.
If adequate security arrangements were made, such precious lives wouldn’t have been lost.
Punjab and Haryana High Court said that they shall attach all the properties owned by Dera Sacha Sauda because the dera had given an undertaking in the court that its followers shall not damage any public or private properties and will not disrupt peace.
High Court has also asked the union government to send more paramilitary forces to Haryana. The state’s Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan was informed that the court has learnt that Haryana police were the first ones to run away from the spot where clashes erupted after dera chief was held guilty. The court asks AG to submit a detailed report on this alleged dereliction of duty by Haryana police, by tomorrow. High Court said that it shall keep monitoring the case constantly and can anytime take it up in the coming days. Punjab has also sought more paramilitary forces from the union government in this regard.
Delhi and Gurgaon have been put on high alert now. Uttar Pradesh has reportedly sealed the border with Haryana. Curfew has now been clamped in Panchkula as supporters have become restive in the wake of the court decision.