Ram Rahim guilty of rape: Followers go on rampage, burn down public properties
A Dera Sacha Sauda sect supporter braves water cannon used by Indian security forces to disperse violent supporters near a court in Panchkula. (Photo: AP)
Followers of Ram Rahim pelting stones as security personnel in violence following court verdict in the rape trial of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. (Photo: PTI)
The agitating Dera followers resorted to damaging public and private properties as well as attacking media persons.
Vehicles set alight by Dera Sacha Sauda sect members burn in the streets of Panchkula. Riots have broken out in the Haryana city after a court convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief of raping two of his followers. Mobs also attacked journalists and set fire to government buildings and railway stations.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have appealed to the public to maintain peace after violence in Haryana and Punjab.
Additional Chief Secretary to Haryana government Ram Niwas said the government will compensate for the losses of media personnel and the properties of others.
The Haryana Police has detained as many as 1000 Dera followers, agitating against the conviction of Gurmeet, in Panchkula.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened across Haryana, Punjab, Delhi, bordering areas of Uttar Pradesh in the wake of the violence in Haryana.
Police personnel take stock of the security situation at Amritsar railway station on Friday in view of apprehensions of unrest due to the verdict in a case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.