Minutes after a special CBI court had found the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty in the 2002 sadhvi rape case, his followers went on a rampage torching vehicles and destroying property. The violence which started from Panchkula spread to other parts of Haryana and Punjab before reaching Delhi where two train coaches were burnt down. Over 35 people lost their lives while several others were injured in the incident. This left the prisoners in the Sunaria jail agitated, as per a former cellmate Swadesh Kirad who just came out on bail.
Kirad, while speaking to ANI on Friday said that when the prisoners got to know about the violence outside they were very angry. He added that if Ram Rahim wasn’t kept in a separate jail, he would have been attacked by other prisoners. “Prisoners were angry due to violence that caused so many deaths. Had he not been kept separately, they would’ve attacked him,” Swadesh Kirad was quoted saying by ANI.
Ram Rahim Singh was sent to 20-year imprisonment in the rape case on Monday by a special CBI court in Panchkula. The 50-year-old was sent to Sunaria jail in Rohtak district, where a thick blanket of security has been thrown around it. Five Haryana policemen, who were part of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s security and were charged with sedition, were dismissed from service, state police chief B S Sandhu said yesterday.
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Meanwhile, a lookout notice has been issued against Honeypreet Insaan who is the adopted daughter of Ram Rahim and key Dera functionary Aditya Insaan. While Aditya has earlier been charged with sedition, the charges against Honeypreet were not immediately known. Panchkula Police Commissioner A S Chawla said details regarding the lookout notice against the two would be made public later in the day.