The Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was pronounced guilty by the special CBI court in Panchkula on Friday, has been jailed for 10 years on Monday.
The sexual exploitation case was registered against the Dera chief in 2002 by the CBI on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after anonymous letters were circulated about the alleged sexual exploitation of two ‘sadhvis’ (female followers) by Ram Rahim Singh.
The situation was tense in various states, particularly Haryana and Punjab. Two cars were put on fire immediately after the verdict.
CBI special court judge Jagdeep Singh, who had last week held Ram Rahim guilty of rape of two of his female followers in 2002, was flown to Rohtak to pronounce the quantum of sentence.
Rohtak has been turned into a fortress by paramilitary forces and the Haryana Police.
Navdeep Singh Virk, IGP Rohtak Range was earlier quoted as saying that no Dera follower has been allowed to enter Rohtak district or around the jail.