India: Guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Followers Riot After His Rape Conviction
Reza Aslan should’ve interviewed this guy when he went to India along with Agoras.Indian Guru Ram Rahim Singh, has all the markers of a charlatan who takes advantage of the followers of his sect in the same way that televangelists do in the US. The flamboyant Guru is also a self-styled “movie star,” and “singer.”
via. AlJazeera English
At least 28 people have been killed in India as violent protests erupted after a court convicted a self-styled “godman” of raping two female followers.
Friday’s verdict angered thousands of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s supporters who said he was innocent.
Singh was found guilty in a case dating back to 2002 at the headquarters of his Dera Sacha Sauda group in the northern town of Sirsa.
Supporters rampaged in response, setting fire to government buildings, attacking railway stations, petrol stations and television vans in towns across the northern states of Punjab and Haryana soon after the verdict was announced, witnesses said.
Hundreds of Indian police and soldiers patrolled Panchkula, the town where the court gave its verdict on Singh, as local officials feared an outbreak of violence.
Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters.
The violence left at least 28 dead, including some with bullet wounds, and more than 250 injured, according to BS Sandhu, a top Haryana police official.
He said more than 1,000 of the guru’s supporters had been detained in Panchkula on charges of arson and destruction of public property.
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