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'Guru of bling' gets 20 years for raping two of his followers

'Guru of bling' gets 20 years for raping two of his followers”

He said effective arrangements had been made to maintain peace in the state following the decision of the court.

Few details were immediately available following the sentencing, but Singh's lawyers can appeal the verdict in a higher court.

The rape conviction is not the guru's only brush with the law. A chief medical officer of the district hospital was rushed in.

Singh's conviction last week led to deadly riots by his followers in the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, with at least 38 people being killed and hundreds injured. He also claimed that the force used by the police was minimal but the deployment demonstrated that even agitators were not spared.

In a landmark judgment a self-styled godman, who has a tremendous following in India's northern states of Punjab and Haryana, was brought to book on rape charges, on Monday. Taking a lesson from the Friday's situation, the Haryana government has beefed up the security across Haryana and have guarded the Rohtak's Sonaria Jail with five-layers of deployment of police, paramilitary and military forces around.

Prohibitory orders barring the assembly of five or more people had been imposed in Rohtak; the area within a 10-kilometre radius of the jail premises had been cordoned off. "The CBI judge did not give any orders, citing it was outside his jurisdiction, and if Honeypreet willingly wants to stay with him, then the government or jail authority can give approval", Mahajan told ANI.

On further investigation, it was revealed that they were members of the "Qurbani Dal" who were asked to carry out "qatl-e-aam" in case the Baba gets convicted. He faces a maximum sentence of life in jail.

Utsav Singh Bains, a lawyer for the victims, said there could be dozens more cases of abuse involving women at the sect.

The Punjab and Haryana high court had criticised both the state and central government for allowing crowds to gather outside the court where the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh rape case was being heard, despite knowing that they might turn violent. No one else can be held responsible for my death. He survived for a few days to name Ram Rahim in his statement to the police.

In advance of the sentencing, a spokesman for Singh's sect, Dera Sacha Sauda, had urged his supporters to remain calm. Ranjit Singh was allegedly killed for helping expose the sexual abuse of devotees inside the ashram.



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