Rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is now qaidi no. 8647 at Rohtak’s Sunairia Jail. The Dera Sacha Sauda chief, who was convicted for raping two of his female followers at the Dera’s Sirsa Headquarters, will now spend next two decades of his life in this jail.
The multi-million ‘Bling Baba’ is now among ordinary prisoners doing the task assigned to him. After initial reluctance, Ram Rahim was ‘counseled’ by the jail officials to take up some job.
According to media reports, he was given the option of either working in jail factories or working as jail gardener. It is understood that Gurmeet Ram Rahim will now work as a gardener in the jail for which he will be paid a daily wage of Rs 40.
Interestingly, the Dera’s official website claims that the on August 15, 2009, the Gurmeet Ram Rahim followers created a Guinness Record of planting more than 9,38,007 trees in just one hour. The sect leader who once claimed that he had over 5 crore followers now spends most of the time in his cell. A report said that he has not met many jail inmates and likes to keep to himself.
Also, he is not eating much in the jail except fruits, little food and mineral water from the jail canteen.
A Dalit activist Swaraj Kirad, who too was lodged in the Rohtak jail till Friday, said Gurmeet was the center of attraction for other inmates. “But his presence has spelled trouble for many, especially the undertrials whose bail applications or release orders were issued over past one week as there was a blanket ban on anyone entering or leaving the jail.”