Self-styled spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was today sentenced to 20 years in prison for the rape of two women followers in 2002, by a judge who flew by government helicopter to conduct court at a prison in Haryana’s Rohtak. The 50-year-old chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect sat on the floor and wept as he was sentenced. Ahead of the judge’s order today, thousands of soldiers enforced a lockdown in Rohtak and other parts of Haryana and Punjab, where Ram Rahim has a mass following. His followers went on a deadly rampage after he was convicted on Friday, with 38 people killed and over 200 injured in the violence. There were no reports of violence today after Ram Rahim was sentenced.
Two of Ram Rahim’s properties in Panchkula were seized by police officials on the 25th of August. Upon investigation, it was revealed that the properties consisted of various luxurious facilities, including two VIP rooms on the top floor. Sources reveal that Ram Rahim often took to residing in these rooms each time he proceeded to the Himalayan regions. Also revealed that over 30 sadhvis were available at all times to provide services to the self-acclaimed godman.
Here are some pictures from inside: