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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh lodged in Rohtak jail

Tensions escalated across north India after the Dera chief was convicted in a rape case on Fri

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, rape, convict
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Dera Sacha Sauda chief Singh was lodged in a makeshift jail at a police training centre in Rohtak soon after his conviction in a case on Friday.

"has been put in (special jail at) PTC Sunaria," Rohtak Deputy Commissioner Atul Kumar told PTI, adding, tight security arrangements have been made.

Judge Jagdeep Singh of CBI special court at Panchkula convicted the self-styled godman and said the quantum of sentence will be pronounced on August 28, CBI counsel H P S Verma said.

Immediately after his conviction, followers of the Sirsa based Dera went on rampage and clashed with security personnel leaving many dead and injured.

"Tight security arrangements have been put in place in Rohtak," the DC said.

Government has established special jails in three districts, a spokesman of the jail department said on Friday.

The spokesman said that these special jails were in Nahar Singh cricket stadium, Faridabad, Sports Stadium, Pundrak, district Karnal and Police Training College (PTC) Rest House, Sunaria, district Rohtak.

These orders would remain in operation till further orders, he added.

Meanwhile, CBI counsel Verma said that was accompanied by his daughter when he reached the courtroom in Panchkula after travelling from the sect headquarters at Sirsa.

At the time of court pronouncing him guilty in the 2002 case, the sect chief appeared "calm and composed", the CBI counsel said.

The 50-year-old Dera head had earlier appealed to his followers to maintain peace.

Verma said that the Dera head had been found guilty under Section 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.

First Published: Fri, August 25 2017. 20:44 IST