The court of Panchkula have found Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty and hence have kept him in custody of the Haryana police. The court will declare the quantum of sentence on Monday. The apex court has also ordered to make a fixed deposit of Rs 9 Lakh for the rape survivor and asked hospital to keep her medical records in a sealed cover.
Protests also erupted in New Delhi and in the neighbouring state of Rajasthan.
Despite authorities having deployed thousands of police and paramilitary troopers, the followers resorted to violence in Haryana, Punjab and New Delhi. In fact, India Today camera person was injured after the supporters attacked the vehicle the reporting team was travelling in.
Tens of thousands of Singh's supporters have gathered outside the courthouse in the town of Panchkula, Haryana, since Thursday. The injured included journalists and police personnel. The headquarters is located in Sirsa district of Haryana, but there are over 46 ashrams across the country.
As per reports there has been a total blackout in Haryana since the court's verdict in Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's conviction. It promotes vegetarianism and campaigns against drug addiction, and has taken up social causes such as organising the weddings of poor couples.
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The accused guru was escorted to the court amid tight security involving a convoy of security vehicles.
The Haryana government imposed an indefinite curfew in Sirsa as a precautionary measure and a 72-hour ban on mobile internet services, except voice calls. Public transport was suspended and schools and offices were closed as a precaution.
The rape allegation was first made by a female disciple in an anonymous letter to then-prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2002, according to India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Such cases against high-profile gurus have prompted violence in the past. Dera Sacha Sauda is dedicated to the betterment of humanity.
"There is a God above", he said.