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34 Dera followers get 3-year jail term for rioting

chandigarh Updated: Sep 23, 2012 17:21 IST
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A local court on Saturday sentenced 34 followers of Dera Sacha Sauda to three years in prison for rioting and causing damage to public property two years ago.


District and sessions judge Karamjit Singh had on Friday convicted the 34 followers after holding them guilty on various charges, including causing damage to public property in 2010.

The quantum of punishment was announced on Saturday.

However, the convicts were granted bail on Saturday after they furnished bail bonds, while one of the dera followers was acquitted for want of evidence.

Moga town was on high alert after the court’s conviction.

On February 27, 2010, a large number of followers of the sect went on the rampage, torching 19 state-owned buses and also setting ablaze the Sutlej Express train at Moga station to protest the registration of a CBI case against sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

The police had arrested 10 women in the case, but they were later let off.

A case had been registered against the dera followers under various sections of the IPC and under the provisions of the arms act.