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Ram Rahim rape trial: Amid tension, MSG tweets on ‘selfless service’, goes live on Facebook!

The self-styled godman gives a link to a Facebook video of one of his sermons. In the comment section, a number of followers can be seen commenting about the verdict date

punjab Updated: Aug 24, 2017 11:40 IST
Aastha Sharma
Aastha Sharma
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Ram Rahim is an accused in a rape case, the verdict of which will be pronounced by a special CBI court in Panchkula on August 25.(Video grab )

As thousands of Dera Sacha Sauda followers poured into Panchkula, raising tension in the tricity, Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, ironically, took to Twitter to talk about “selfless service, meditation and spirituality.”

At 9pm, he went live on Facebook with a talk, titled, ‘Did you know Nalanda University of ancient India was a global hub of education? Watch the session on #RichIndianHeritageWithMSG now!’

In his “selfless service” tweet, Ram Rahim gives a link to a Facebook video of one of his sermons. In the comment section, a number of followers can be seen commenting about the verdict date.

Ram Rahim is an accused in a rape case, the verdict of which will be pronounced by a special CBI court in Panchkula on August 25. In an apparent show of strength, dera followers or ‘premis’ as they call themselves have been reaching Panchkula in droves. Around 50,000 dera followers had converged on Panchkula by Wednesday morning, with more expected to follow suit.

Dera followers in Panchkula on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

A user Suman Insan even challengeed Time, saying “Hey kaal tera band to MSG hi bjayenge! Ae sun kaal panga nhi lene ka (sic) (O Time, now MSG will take care of you. Do not mess with MSG).”

“Pitaji just grant us one wish. On August 25, the truth shall come out in front of everyone,” Kaali Insaan wrote on Facebook. “Pitaji 25 ko ba-izzat bari honge (Pitaji will be absolved of all charges on August 25),” Angrez Bathla commented.

A quick look at his posts show only positive comments, almost all of them praising Ram Rahim. This seems to be quite an anomaly on a platform as potent as Facebook where even the most positive of stories start attracting snide remarks in no time.

First Published: Aug 23, 2017 12:22 IST