At least 30 killed after spiritual leader was guilty of assaulting two female sect members
At least 30 people have been killed in riots and arson affects that have broken out across two states in northern India after a glamorous spiritual leader was imprisoned of crimes two of his female followers.
The Indian army was deployed in the city of Panchkula on Friday shortly after the court perceived Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of sexual assault. The self-styled “godman” and chairwoman of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect has been taken into custody and will reportedly be controlled by helicopter to a confinement in Haryana state before sentencing on Monday.
Authorities told the Hindustan Times that at the least 30 people had been killed across the region, with a further 250 injured.
Electricity supplyings, mobile internet and cable tv had been cut in parts of Haryana and Punjab countries before the judgment as up to 200,000 each member of the sect massed in Panchkula in a show of defiance and foundation.
Television footage on Friday afternoon registered smoke billowing above a railway station and petrol gush in Punjab that was allegedly set alight by supporters of Singh.