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Ram Rahim on trial again, attends hearing in murder cases: Key facts

ANI  |  Panchkula (Haryana) [India] 

Weeks after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of raping two women in 1999 by a special court, the Dera Sacha Sauda chief is now caught up in another trial by the same in connection with two separate cases.

These are the key details regarding the recent trial of the self-styled godman and rape convict, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

1. Hearing in connection with the of Sirsa-based journalist Chhatrapati and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh by followers and functionaries of Dera Sacha Sauda will be held in the of judge Jagdeep Singh in Panchkula.

2. The murders were allegedly carried out on the orders of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief.

3. In August, the self-styled godman was convicted of raping two women, and sentenced to 20 year-imprisonment by the same

4. Ahead of the hearing, security has been tightened in Panchkula, to avoid repetition of the violence that broke out in the town and other nearby cities including Delhi after the verdict was announced against Ram Rahim in August rape case.

5. About people died and were injured in the agitation that was perpetuated by Dera followers.

6. Panchkula DCP Manbir Singh has informed that five companies of paramilitary forces and district forces of the state have been deployed.

7. Sirsa-based journalist Chhatrapati was shot in October, 2002 after evening newspaper 'Poora Sach' published an anonymous letter by a woman alleging sexual exploitation by Ram Rahim at the Dera headquarters. He died later.

8. Former Dera manager Ranjit Singh was allegedly shot dead in 2002 for having a suspected hand in circulation of the anonymous letter published in 'Poora Sach'.

9. Since the Dera Chief is completing his sentence in Rohtak's Sunaria Jail, he will attend the hearing via video call.

10. The Dera chief has also been accused of forcefully getting 400 followers castrated in the name of devotion.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, September 16 2017. 12:48 IST
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