UP on high alert after Gurmeet Ram Rahim sentencing

Uttar Pradesh [India]: Uttar Pradesh has upped the vigilance and precautionary measures in districts adjacent to Delhi and Haryana after the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was sentenced to twenty years of imprisonment after being convicted in rape charges.

The police in Uttar Pradesh have increased the level of security in the state as 12 districts of the state have as many as 18 Dera ashrams. In addition to it, ten companies of PAC have been assigned to look over the security of eight districts in NCR.

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IG Vijay Singh said that all the districts of the state have been directed by the Additional Director General of Police to ensure that all vigilance is done through patrolling at the railway stations and bus depots.

He said, “We have been asked to look over the places where Dera Ashrams are located. Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in the state until the situation is normalized.”

Earlier today, the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who was held guilty on charges of rape of a female devotee in 1999, was sentenced to twenty years of imprisonment by the Special CBI Court of Panchkula.

Ram Rahim was convicted with the charges of rape on Friday (August 25) by the Special CBI Court.

The rape case was registered by the CBI in April 2002 against the self-styled godman after allegations of sexual exploitation of two women followers. (ANI)