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  • People on the streets during violence in the town of Panchkula, India, August 25, 2017

    People on the streets during violence in the town of Panchkula, India, August 25, 2017 | Photo: Reuters

50 year old Ram Rahim has been moved to a prison in the city of Rohtak and is due to be sentenced on Monday.

Violent protests erupted in India leaving at least 30 people dead and 250 injured, after a spiritual guru called Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of raping two women followers in a case dating back to 2002.

Clashes broke out in the town of Panchkula near Chandigarh in Haryana state following the verdict and the unrest spread to neighbouring Punjab and the capital Delhi.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the head of a social welfare and spiritual group, was found guilty of raping two followers the women 15 years ago at the headquarters of his Dera Sacha Sauda group in the northern town of Sirsa.

Singh commands a following that he claims is in the millions. 

200,000 of his followers went to Panchkula to hear the ruling.

Many set cars on fire and fought running battles with security forces when they heard the result.

Police say around 2,500 of Singh's followers have been arrested.

Several curfews have been imposed and large gatherins have been banned to prevent further unrest.

50 year old Ram Rahim has been moved to a prison in the city of Rohtak.

He is due to be sentenced on Monday.

 

 

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