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Panchkula violence: Haryana court acquits 6 accused, cites lack of evidence


ANI Panchkula (Haryana) [India]
The Panchkula session court on Monday acquitted six accused in connection with a case related to the 2017 Panchkula violence, which broke out after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted in a rape case.
The court passed the order citing lack of evidence.
The accused were arrested on charges of rioting by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Haryana Police.
The accused identified as Gyaniram, Sanga Singh, Hoshiyar Singh, Ravi, Tarsem and Ram Kishan were Dera Sacha Sauda followers.
The decision was taken by session court judge Ritu Tagore.
The accused were booked under Section 148,149,186,188,436 Indian Penal Court (IPC).
Following Ram Rahim's conviction, his 'bhakts' went on a rampage in Haryana's Panchkula and Sirsa. Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in prison as he was announced guilty of raping two women in a 2002 case. The jail term for the two cases is concurrent, making it an effective term of ten years.
The rape case was registered by the CBI in April 2002 against the self-styled godman.

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First Published: Jul 30 2018 | 7:52 PM IST

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