India death toll rises after clashes over guru’s rape conviction

In northern India the number of people killed in clashes rose to 31 till Saturday, according to local officials just a day after a controversial spiritual leader was found guilty of raping two women who were his followers.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh a Flamboyant spiritual leader was convicted Friday in a case, which actually dates back to 1999. Thousands of followers had flocked the Chandigarh area following the verdict of Singh’s case clashed with police officers in the city of Chandigarh and Panchkula.

On Saturday Joshi the deputy commissioner for Panchkula told, at least 120 people had been admitted to the hospital in addition to deaths. She added that the army had been called in to calm the violence, which had since subsided.

No new clashes were reported Saturday.


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