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Some followers say faith shaken, others still revere Gurmeet Ram Rahim

Staff at Dera headquarters were not allowing me to leave, but somehow I left it: A follower

Press Trust of India  |  Sirsa 

New Delhi: In this file picture Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh addresses a press conference in Dharamsala on Oct 17, 2016. A special CBI court on Monday sentenced Dera chief 20 years in prison in each of the two separate cases of
New Delhi: In this file picture Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh addresses a press conference in Dharamsala on Oct 17, 2016. A special CBI court on Monday sentenced Dera chief 20 years in prison in each of the two separate cases of

There were mixed reactions from the followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who were leaving the sect headquarters on Tuesday after a court awarded a 20-year jail term to the self-styled godman in two sexual exploitation cases.

Fateh Singh (51), who had been working in the for three years, said that he had "lost faith" in "guru ji" after the verdict.


Singh, a Dera follower who left the sect headquarters on Tuesday, alleged, "the staff at were not allowing me to leave, but somehow I left it. Today, I am going to my native place in Punjab."

However, another follower Kulbeer Singh said that "Dera followers were sentimentally attached with guru ji (Ram Rahim Singh). I have full faith in him. "

70-year-old Almat, who left the headquarters on Tuesday, said the allegations against the Dera chief had left him shocked. Almat had been staying at the sect headquarters for 17 years.

A large number of followers, who had come to before the conviction of Ram Rahim to show solidarity with him, have now left the place.

There are only 200 followers, most of them employed at the sect headquarters, according to officials. Authorities said that law and order prevailed in the area.

After the conviction of Ram Rahim Singh by a CBI court in Panchkula on August 25, six Dera followers were killed in Sirsa while 60 were injured in the violence.

First Published: Tue, August 29 2017. 20:40 IST
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