Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years in jail by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for raping 2 woman devotees in 2002. A massive violence broke out in Panchkula and neighbouring areas moments after the CBI court convicted the Dera Chief.
Haryana police officer has claimed that as many as 7 security personnel had allegedly made an effort to help Ram Rahim escape from the court premises in their vehicle on Friday. The security personnel who tried to help Ram Rahim flee included private commandos.
“The attempt was made by his security personnel to take him away in his vehicle, along with his Z-plus security, from the court complex. They could have taken him to his thousands of followers who had gathered about one kilometre from the court complex after which it would have become very tough for the security forces to arrest him without causing several fatalities,” a Haryana police official was quoted as saying.
Officers lodged inside court complex overpowered the Ram Rahim’s guards and took him into custody after sensing trouble. The 7 guards were detained by the police and charged with attempt to murder, sedition and trying to stop the police from doing their duty.
Haryana police also alleged that in an attempt to prevent the security officials from taking Ram Rahim into custody, some of the guards came in front of the vehicle and had to be removed.
The officers that were booked have been identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector Krishan Das, Head Constables Ajay, Ram Singh and Vijay Singh, Constable Balwan Singh (all from Haryana Police) and private security guards Pritam Singh and Sukhbir. Soon after the verdict, the Dera chief Ram Rahim’s followers went on a rampage in Panchkula and Delhi. The violence has claimed lives of 38 people and injured more than 300.