After Ram Rahim was once convicted inside the rape case on August 25, the followers of Dera resorted to violent protests during a couple of ingredients of Haryana and Delhi.
Punjab CBI judge Jagdeep Singh on Monday sentenced Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 10 years of imprisonment. The sentencing acquired right here three days after the CBI court docket in Panchkula convicted Singh in a 2002 rape case. As a consequence of risks of rising tensions in accessories of Haryana and Punjab over the sentencing, the decide was flown into the specific courtroom setup during the Sunaria jail in Rohtak in a helicopter. A three-tier protection ring used to be hooked up throughout the district detention center.
At some stage in the hearing of arguments inside the court docket docket before the sentencing, the prosecution asked for maximum punishment for Singh. The defence argued Singh is a social employee who has labored for the welfare of individuals and requested for leniency.
After Singh was once once convicted inside the rape case on August 25, the followers of the Dera resorted to violent protests across a couple of substances of Haryana and Delhi. At least 38 men and ladies had been killed inside the violent clashes, most traditionally in Panchkula. The administration has issued a stern warning to Dera followers and is preserving a particular vigil on Rohtak and surrounding areas.
On Saturday, the Punjab and Haryana excessive courtroom docket slammed the Manohar Khattar govt, and with out mincing words, acknowledged the federal govt used to be defending the Dera. The court docket additionally asked Khattar to give an explanation for why thousands of followers were allowed to enter Panchkula ahead of the decision.
Haryana police launched a crackdown on Dera’s congregation centres after the violence on suspicion that followers of Singh could be storing weapons to have interaction in violent protests after the sentencing.
Meanwhile, police in Haryana, Punjab and Delhi had been on excessive alert since early morning on Monday. Speakme to journalists, Delhi police officers had earlier mentioned that they are capable to face any eventuality after the sentencing. On Saturday Haryana DGP additionally B S Sadhu acknowledged that there is probably not a repeat of Panchkula violence. He delivered that police officials had been given a free hand to govern the protesters.
Colleges remained shut down on Monday in elements of Haryana and Punjab forward of the sentencing.