India: Dozens dead in street violence after rape conviction for religious leader

Dozens of people have been killed in violent unrest in Panchkula, the state of Haryana, on Friday, after actor and Dera Sacha Sauda spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of rape. More than 250 people were injured and over 2,500 of Singh's supporters were detained by police. Thousands of the religious leader's followers went on a rampage through Panchkula, burning vehicles and... Еще clashing with police. The crowd also set fire to the railway station, disrupting train connections in and out of the city, reports say. More than 15,000 security forces were dispatched to deal with the violence. Dera Sacha Sauda is a group based in the state of Haryana. It claims to have millions of followers. Ram Rahim has been found guilty of raping two of his devotees in 2002. He is set to receive his sentence on Monday.

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