13 people have been killed and scores injured as thousands of supporters of self-styled godman Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh went on rampage in Punjab and Haryana following his conviction in a rape case.
Minutes after the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of rape by a special CBI court in Panchkula in a 15-year old case, his followers went on the rampage, setting several vehicles including media vans and buildings on fire. They also set two railway stations in Punjab on fire, Press Trust of India reported.
13 people have been killed and several injured so far as the Dera chief’s supporters clashed with the police, Hindustan Times reported.
At least three OB vans of private television channels were damaged. Two vans were overturned by a mob.
The India Today Group’s TV channel showed pictures of its correspondent and cameraman being attacked while they were travelling in a van in Sirsa, the Dera’s headquarters. The camera captured images of the windshield and windows being by men with sticks.
The glass shattered and one of the occupants of the van was heard moaning. The video then showed his bloodied face.
The violence has also spread to New Delhi, with Singh’s supporters , torching a bus and train there.