Dera Sacha Sauda chief arrives in Indore; followers throng airport

  • Husain Malvi, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Jan 07, 2015 22:43 IST

Hundreds of followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh thronged the Indore airport when he arrived on Wednesday to promote his upcoming film.

Hours before the spiritual guru’s flight touched down, the airport was full of ladies carrying 'aarti thaalis, men holding placards hailing the “Messenger of God” and young girls holding garlands.

There were some who paid to enter the visitors’ zone within the airport just to catch a glimpse of their guru.

The Dera chief, clad in bright green harem pants and a shiny pink T-shirt with gold work and baby pink shoes, was mobbed by his followers as he moved to his car. They clicked selfies, performed a small aarti to welcome him and shouted slogans. He responded to the crowd by waving from an elevated platform near his Range Rover before being driven away. The Dera chief’s SUV was escorted by an S-class Mercedes.

Several security personnel and gunmen of Ram Rahim’s personal security detail were part of the convoy that moved from the airport to a hotel where he later addressed a news conference. Traffic came to a halt in all the areas through which the convoy passed.

Such was the frenzy that some followers chased the Dera chief’s motorcade all along his route.

As soon as he arrived at the hotel, Ram Rahim was mobbed by more followers, including women with 'aarti thaalis'. The guru obliged followers by posing for photos with followers, who gathered in large numbers at the venue of the news conference.

The last time Indore had witnessed similar scenes was when actor Salman Khan visited the city last year to promote a film.

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