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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:06 pm 

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41049705

"At least 23 people have been killed in violent protests over the rape conviction of a popular religious leader in north India.

The victims are believed to be Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's followers. Angry supporters rampaged through Panchkula town, near Chandigarh.

About 2,500 of Singh's followers have been arrested, police said.

Earlier, his devotees smashed cars and set media vans alight, saying he was innocent.

More than 200,000 of his followers had flocked to the Chandigarh area ahead of Friday's verdict.
Media captionViolence has spread to Delhi, as Justin Rowlatt reports

Singh, who says he has millions of disciples, was found guilty of raping two women at the headquarters of his sect, known as Dera Sacha Sauda, in 2002.

Thousands of army, police and paramilitary forces were deployed. They fired tear-gas canisters and water cannon into the crowd to try to restore control, says the BBC's Ravinder Singh Robin in Panchkula.

However, the region's police chief BS Sandhu said the violence was now under control.
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Image caption Crowds smashed television trucks in Panchkula after the verdict

Curfews have been imposed in several areas of Chandigarh city and across the state of Punjab, and internet services were suspended.

Violence also spread to the capital, Delhi, where two train coaches were set on fire, according to reports.

Singh, 50, was taken into protective custody by the army following the conviction.

The court is expected to sentence him on Monday."


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:53 am 

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From another BBC article I found this gem:

Not without reason Singh's followers share a common invented surname, Insan (Human) - as opposed to an individual surname which reveals your caste and place in society.

Sound familiar? Here's the link to the article:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41052605


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:01 pm 

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These Are India’s 10 Most Controversial Godmen! Stay Away From Such Babas!

A veritable Rogue's Gallery.

http://www.rvcj.com/indias-10-controver ... way-babas/


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:04 pm 

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And they always love lots of cars,

http://www.rvcj.com/eyes-will-pop-see-a ... him-singh/


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:33 pm 

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Remind you of anyone...?

http://m.indiatoday.in/lite/story/gurme ... 39197.html

Rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is apparently longing for his Honey in jail. The flamboyant sect leader appealed to the CBI court, which found him guilty, to allow his favourite caretaker to remain with him as she is also his physiotherapist and masseuse. The court refused to entertain the plea.
Haryana police too has issued a lookout notice for Honeypreet Insan after her involvement in a foiled escape plan came to light.
She allegedly wanted to flee with Ram Rahim after the court held him guilty of raping two former female followers. The head of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect had sexual relations with Honeypreet who is his adopted daughter, the woman's estranged husband claimed before Mail Today this week.
FATHER-DAUGHTER WANTED TO LIVE TOGETHER
The sect had denied the charges. After Ram Rahim was convicted, the "father-daughter" had requested the court to allow them to live together. Honeypreet moved an application through her lawyer while the self-styled godman filed a petition. The court, however, threw out the requests.
Cops, though, allowed them to fly together to Rohtak from the court and also share a police guesthouse in Sunaria Jail. Photos on social media showed them sharing chocolates in the chopper. After the incident sparked outrage, the "guru of bling" was moved to an ordinary cell.
Ram Rahim's conviction led to deadly riots by his followers, with about three dozen people being killed and hundreds injured. The burly, bearded sect leader who has scripted and starred in his own films, claims to have millions of followers in Haryana and Punjab.
SINGH RESTLESS AFTER HONEYPREET GOES INTO HIDING
Singh did not ask any of his family members, including his wife, son and biological daughters, to stay with him. But as Honeypreet has gone into hiding, the guru is spending sleepless nights.
Sources say he had also requested the jail authorities to bring Honeypreet back to him. She was last seen with him on the day he was sent to jail for 20 years. IGP (law and order) Q S Chawla said Honeypreet has a passport and could be looking to leave the country.
Dalit leader Swadesh Kirad, who was lodged in a cell adjacent to Ram Rahim's and is out now, said he saw the Baba asking himself, "What is my fault? What have I done?"
"He was broken when the court jailed him for 20 years," Kirad told this reporter. "He was not even able to stand. He was taken to the cell by two officials. He appears visibly upset and scared. He can be seen silently bowing his head. He was seen crying in the night."
RAM RAHIM MISSES HIS LAVISH LIFESTYLE
Sources say apart from Honeypreet, the sect leader is also missing his lavish and swashbuckling lifestyle. His headquarters in Sirsa reveals that the guru had a penchant for world-famous buildings, or at least their likenesses.
From the Eiffel Tower to cruise ship replicas, Singh's Dera has resorts and buildings shaped like wonders of the world. All the CCTV cameras were switched off when he would enter a resort. Ram Rahim also used the property to shoot his films.
Sources also say that he brought a select few female followers to the resort. The rape allegations against the Dera chief surfaced in an anonymous letter sent in 2002 to the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:16 pm 

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The Guru of Bling and the Bhajanists share a few friends.
http://www.wackoworldofyogibhajan.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=713


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:29 am 

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Let me know if any of this starts to feel familiar...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41184562


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:20 am 

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This is so sad. And so reminiscent of you-know-who.

Sombir, 48, a Dera Sacha Sauda follower allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a well at Balkara village in Charkhi Dadri district, as he allegedly felt guilty of wasting his money on sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who has been jailed for raping his two female disciples.

The police said he had donated 12-acre land to Ram Rahim on the promise that a dera centre will be established at Balkara village and he will be made the head of it. However, Ram Rahim did not fulfil his promise.

Sombir’s body was found by a local farmer inside the well at his field a day after he went missing on the night of September 6.

The police, quoting family members, said that on Ram Rahim’s behest Sombir also sold his 18-acre land — the deal was mediated by Ram Rahim himself — and donated Rs 3.10 crore to the dera chief for making an ‘MSG Resort’.

“Sombir had five children. The family says he was promised that if he invests in the resort, all his five children will get monthly dividend of Rs 1.5 lakh each,” Dadri Sadar police station in-charge said.

The family said after news of the dera head’s conviction in two rape cases, Sombir started feeling guilty of wasting his money. “We kept telling him it’s alright. We will manage to get the land back through legal process. But he seems to have not listened to us,” said Mohan, Sombir’s brother-in-law.

He said Sombir consumed liquor with the village sarpanch on the night of September 6, and went missing since then.

Though the family suspected the role of the sarpanch in Sombir’s death, police said that prima facie, it seemed to be a suicide case.

“The investigations into the matter are on. We are trying to find how much money he donated to the dera. He allegedly jumped in the well at his own land, which he had sold to donate Rs 3 crore to the dera head,” Sadar police station in-charge said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-new ... flosK.html


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:01 am 

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Of whom does this remind you?

Gurmeet Ram Rahim is a sex addict, says doctor who examined him in jail

Jailed self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim is not feeling well. Besides diabetes, he has also reported uneasiness and restlessness to the team of doctors who examined him in the Rohtak jail on Saturday.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/gurm ... 45038.html


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