Dera verdict: 661 trains affected in Haryana, India

  • Dera verdict: 661 trains affected in Haryana, India

Dera verdict: 661 trains affected in Haryana, India

After news of the verdict filtered out, supporters went on a rampage in towns across the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, Reuters reported.

Haryana Director General of Police BS Sandhu said on Friday evening that "Panchkula is 100 per cent safe".

Journalists and security personnel came under targeted attack.

Dozens of cars were burning in Panchkula town while a bloodied body lay in the middle of a road.

Authorities have deployed army to contain the volatile situation. "I reviewed the situation with the NSA & Home Secretary", the prime minister said.

Anticipating a verdict in the case, the guru's followers had streamed into the part of Haryana state where the decision was announced.

The special CBI court in Panchkula will pronounce the quantum of sentence to Ram Rahim on August 28, Monday. The 50-year-old now faces a jail term ranging between seven years and life imprisonment.

He also denied reports of CM ML Khattar being summoned to Delhi. Ram Rahim's followers pelted stones on security forces and set ablaze several parked vehicles and public property.

Almost 1,000 members of his Sacha Sauda group were detained.

"But the state government should have put a curfew in the entire Panchkula area and should have let the army handle the situation", he added.

"The instances of violence today are deeply distressing". Strongly condemn violence urge everyone to maintain peace, Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

Asked about the number of visitors the Dera chief would be meeting him in the jail, Mr. Singh said every prisoner can give names of five persons whom he wants to meet, and he will also be allowed to meet them only like any other ordinary prisoners.

The police fired in the air and lobbed tear gas shells on sections of the crowds, many of them camping since last night on the streets of Panchkula.

Dera Sacha Sauda supporters overturn an outdoor broadcast van on the streets of Panchkula. Some of the evidence concerned Ranjeet Singh, the brother of one of the two women who had filed the complaint of rape, who was murdered.

In 2015 Singh started a film franchise portraying him as MSG or the "Messenger of God", performing miracles, preaching to thousands and beating up gangsters while singing and dancing.

In his spiritual avatar, Singh dresses in plain white traditional clothes, giving sermons or planting trees.