Photos| Ram Rahim verdict: At least 29 dead, violence reported in Delhi

A CBI court in Panchkula found Dera Sacha Sauda's Gurmeet Ram Rahim guilty of rape charges. Violence led to curfews, attacks on journalists, burning of train stations in Panchkula and elsewhere in Punjab. 29 deaths, violence in Delhi has also been reported.

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After 200 hearings and numerous high court stay orders, a CBI special court in Panchkula pronounced Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of raping 2 female followers. The hearing began at 2:30 pm on August 25, 2017. Curfew has been imposed in Punjab in Ferozepur, Mansa, Bathinda, Patiala and Fazilka as well as Panchkula after the verdict. The quantum of sentence is to be decided on Monday. Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh has appealed for calm and peace. (Punit Paranjpe / AFP File)

After 200 hearings and numerous high court stay orders, a CBI special court in Panchkula pronounced Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of raping 2 female followers. The hearing began at 2:30 pm on August 25, 2017. Curfew has been imposed in Punjab in Ferozepur, Mansa, Bathinda, Patiala and Fazilka as well as Panchkula after the verdict. The quantum of sentence is to be decided on Monday. Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh has appealed for calm and peace. (Punit Paranjpe / AFP File)

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Vehicles of the police and paramilitary forces pass through streets of Sirsa, Haryana amid an indefinite curfew imposed ahead of a verdict expected in the case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. With the lockdown in Haryana, the self-styled godman left Sirsa for Panchkula early Friday morning in a 200 car convoy. Now convicted, the quantum of sentence will be decided on Monday. (PTI)

Vehicles of the police and paramilitary forces pass through streets of Sirsa, Haryana amid an indefinite curfew imposed ahead of a verdict expected in the case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. With the lockdown in Haryana, the self-styled godman left Sirsa for Panchkula early Friday morning in a 200 car convoy. Now convicted, the quantum of sentence will be decided on Monday. (PTI)

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Cavalcade of Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan seen crossing from Zirakpur flyover to CBI Court Panchkula. Dera followers formed human chains along the highway in Panchkula with thousands lining the Kaithal-Kurukshetra highway for a glimpse of ‘Pitaji’ on Friday. (Sushil Prajapati / HT Photo)

Cavalcade of Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan seen crossing from Zirakpur flyover to CBI Court Panchkula. Dera followers formed human chains along the highway in Panchkula with thousands lining the Kaithal-Kurukshetra highway for a glimpse of ‘Pitaji’ on Friday. (Sushil Prajapati / HT Photo)

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Nearly 200,000 supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have converged in Panchkula from areas in Punjab and Haryana anticipating the verdict, resulting in unprecedented law and order arrangements in the area. (Ajay Verma / REUTERS)

Nearly 200,000 supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have converged in Panchkula from areas in Punjab and Haryana anticipating the verdict, resulting in unprecedented law and order arrangements in the area. (Ajay Verma / REUTERS)

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Anti-riot policemen stand guard on a barricaded road leading to a court in Panchkula, Haryana. Several north Indian cities in Punjab and Haryana have been under lockdown with mobile internet facilities halted in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Security cordons have also been placed around the court complex barring passage. Orders have been put out to convert stadiums where the Dera supporters converged into temporary jails as a response to any untoward incidents once the verdict is pronounced. (Altaf Qadri / AP)

Anti-riot policemen stand guard on a barricaded road leading to a court in Panchkula, Haryana. Several north Indian cities in Punjab and Haryana have been under lockdown with mobile internet facilities halted in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Security cordons have also been placed around the court complex barring passage. Orders have been put out to convert stadiums where the Dera supporters converged into temporary jails as a response to any untoward incidents once the verdict is pronounced. (Altaf Qadri / AP)

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Personnel of Punjab police and paramilitary forces have been taking out flag marches in areas of the Dera Sacha Sauda’s influence to establish their presence. Around 5,000 police personnel and 700 from paramilitary forces are said to be on guard with special checks being carried out on trains and busses and verifications in guest houses and hotels. (PTI)

Personnel of Punjab police and paramilitary forces have been taking out flag marches in areas of the Dera Sacha Sauda’s influence to establish their presence. Around 5,000 police personnel and 700 from paramilitary forces are said to be on guard with special checks being carried out on trains and busses and verifications in guest houses and hotels. (PTI)

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Panchkula’s Sector 23 has turned into mini Malwa of Punjab with people gathering there from Batinda, Mansa, Moga, Abohar, Fazilika, Sangrur and Patiala, where the sect has a strong following. As the Dera’s Naam Charcha Ghar has limited space, many are sitting on the roadside around it. Others have pitched tents or are taking shelter in parks, raising tension in the neighbourhood which has around 50 houses. (Ravi Kumar / HT Photo)

Panchkula’s Sector 23 has turned into mini Malwa of Punjab with people gathering there from Batinda, Mansa, Moga, Abohar, Fazilika, Sangrur and Patiala, where the sect has a strong following. As the Dera’s Naam Charcha Ghar has limited space, many are sitting on the roadside around it. Others have pitched tents or are taking shelter in parks, raising tension in the neighbourhood which has around 50 houses. (Ravi Kumar / HT Photo)

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The Haryana government said except for offices of essential services, August 24 and 25 would be observed as gazetted holidays in government offices, boards, corporations, and banks in Sectors 4, 5 and 6 of Panchkula only. Teaching work in all the universities and colleges in the state will remain suspended on 25 August, a spokesperson of Haryana’s Higher Education department said. (PTI)

The Haryana government said except for offices of essential services, August 24 and 25 would be observed as gazetted holidays in government offices, boards, corporations, and banks in Sectors 4, 5 and 6 of Panchkula only. Teaching work in all the universities and colleges in the state will remain suspended on 25 August, a spokesperson of Haryana’s Higher Education department said. (PTI)

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Gurugram police holds flag march on high alert following Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s rape trial verdict which pronounced him guilty. The Dera Sacha Sauda Chief will be taken to Rohtak by chopper. Meanwhile violence has been reported in Panchkula with police resorting to tear gas shells to handle growing mobs. (Sanjeev Verma / HT PHOTO)

Gurugram police holds flag march on high alert following Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s rape trial verdict which pronounced him guilty. The Dera Sacha Sauda Chief will be taken to Rohtak by chopper. Meanwhile violence has been reported in Panchkula with police resorting to tear gas shells to handle growing mobs. (Sanjeev Verma / HT PHOTO)

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Agitated by the verdict on their leader, Dera followers set multiple vehicles alight in Panchkula and Mansa, also venting against media persons and leaving OB vans damaged. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

Agitated by the verdict on their leader, Dera followers set multiple vehicles alight in Panchkula and Mansa, also venting against media persons and leaving OB vans damaged. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

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Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has appealed for calm and peace. Bodies have been taken to the general hospital in Sector-6, Panchkula, while curfew is imposed in Patiala and Fazilka districts of Punjab. Punjab and Haryana high court says Dera will have to pay for damages caused. (Sushil Prajapati / HT Photo)

Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has appealed for calm and peace. Bodies have been taken to the general hospital in Sector-6, Panchkula, while curfew is imposed in Patiala and Fazilka districts of Punjab. Punjab and Haryana high court says Dera will have to pay for damages caused. (Sushil Prajapati / HT Photo)

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Majority of train and rail services were affected ahead of Ram Rahim's appearance. The resulting violence has seen a railway stations in Malout, Balluana village, Dagroo village of Punjab’s Moga, a power house and the sub-division office in Sangrur and incidents of vehicles being burnt. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)

Majority of train and rail services were affected ahead of Ram Rahim's appearance. The resulting violence has seen a railway stations in Malout, Balluana village, Dagroo village of Punjab’s Moga, a power house and the sub-division office in Sangrur and incidents of vehicles being burnt. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)

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According to Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer (Delhi Fire Services), seven incidents of people setting public property on fire were received at the fire control room. ‘At places such as Khyala and Manglapuri in west Delhi and Anand Vihar in east, properties have been set on fire. Violence is related to the Ram Rahim verdict,’ said Garg. (Ravi Choudhary / HT Photo)

According to Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer (Delhi Fire Services), seven incidents of people setting public property on fire were received at the fire control room. ‘At places such as Khyala and Manglapuri in west Delhi and Anand Vihar in east, properties have been set on fire. Violence is related to the Ram Rahim verdict,’ said Garg. (Ravi Choudhary / HT Photo)

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