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Dera verdict aftermath: Supporters set 2 railway stations afire in Punjab

The Northern Railway had cancelled 211 trains to and from Haryana since August 23 up to August 27

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Supporters of Ram Rahim
Dera Sacha Sauda followers turned violent,set media vans alight in vicinity of Panchkula's Spl CBI Court. Photo: ANI

Two in were set on fire by followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, soon after the self-styled godman was convicted in a rape case by a in in today.

Malout and Balluanna were partially torched by the angry followers as violence spread across in the aftermath of the court's verdict, officials said.

"Two stations have been affected and we are still getting inputs on the extent of damage. No injuries have been reported so far," Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma told PTI.

The Northern Railway had cancelled 211 trains to and from since August 23 up to August 27.

Of the total number of trains cancelled, 91 are Express trains and 120 are passenger trains.

The railways has also short terminated/short originated 24 trains.

"In all, the services of 236 trains have been affected one way or the other due to the law and order situation in Punjab-Haryana," Sharma said.

judge Jagdeep Singh, while holding the 50- year-old Dera chief guilty of rape, said the quantum of sentence would be pronounced on August 28, counsel HPS Verma told reporters outside the

The punishment can be a jail term of not less than seven years but may even extend to life imprisonment.

First Published: Fri, August 25 2017. 17:38 IST