Ram Rahim rape verdict: Adequate precaution was taken, says ML Khattar

Policemen patrol in Panchkula ahead of the verdict in a rape case involving Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim

The verdict came as a big setback to Gurmeet's followers who have converged in large numbers in Panchkula for last few days.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim found guilty of sexually harassing the Sadhvi, the district court in Panchkula will announce his sentence on 28 August.

The court verdict for the rape cases against Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is out.

Earlier in the day, Rajnath told reporters that he cut short his visit to Kyrgyzstan where he had gone to attend a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting following the violence.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was lodged in a make-shift jail at a police training centre in Rohtak soon after his conviction. They torched hundreds of vehicles, including media vehicles and attacked some newsmen.

Security was also beefed up in Gurusar Modiya village in Surtagarh tehsil, 38 km from Sriganganagar, which is the birthplace of Ram Rahim Singh. Tens of thousands of supporters who had been waiting for hours near the court shouted in anger after the ruling was announced in Panchkula town. The injured included journalists and police personnel. The headquarters is located in Sirsa district of Haryana, but there are over 46 ashrams across the country.

But another kind of faith blinded hundreds of followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda, led by Singh, who took to the streets to protest against the verdict. It has also taken up social causes such as organising the weddings of poor couples.

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Such sects have huge followings in India.

It's not unusual for leaders of these sects to often have small, heavily armed private militias protecting them.

The accused guru was escorted to the court amid tight security involving a convoy of security vehicles.

Ram Niwas, a senior government official, said mobile internet services had also been suspended in the states of Haryana and Punjab to stop people from spreading rumours and causing unrest. Schools and colleges were closed. Such cases have prompted public violence in the past. Indian states of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi are put on high alert.

Some of Ram Rahim's supporters were trying to move towards the court, Times Now television channel reported.

A special court on Friday found Ram Rahim, 50, guilty of sexually exploiting two female disciples in 2002, prosecution lawyer Utsav Bains said. "Our guru-ji follows the path of truth".

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