Look at #RamRahimSingh … convicted of rape… supporters have killed 13 people, damaged property,, being taken to jain in a chopper. SHAME
Even after conviction of Sirsa’s Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by the CBI court under rape charges on Friday, the Haryana’s BJP government appeared to be offering “VIP” treatment to the powerful sect chief. Soon after the verdict, Haryana Jail Minister Krishan Lal Panwar told The Indian Express that the Dera chief would be kept at a guest house in Sunaria Jail in Rohtak district for the time-being.
“The guest house which is situated in the jail complex has been declared a jail till further orders,” added the minister. On being asked whether the government is giving privileges to the “VIP prisoner”, the minister said, “We take such decisions when we face space constraints”.
Despite the imposition of section 144 in Haryana, Dera followers could be seen gathering at various places. When Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma was questioned about this on Thursday, he replied that section 144 of the CrPC does not apply on “faith”. Sharma had also stated that the Dera followers were their guest. The Dera had extended support to the BJP during 2014 assembly polls in Haryana.
The VVIP treatment meted out to Singh should hardly surprise anyone, since he is already the beneficiary of Z+ category security, after attempts on his life. But the irony, in this context, appears to be glaring.
As scores are dying for the sake of their guru or getting wounded, the convicted rapist is being ferried in a chopper, with a privilege that few other criminals may enjoy, funded by the tax-payers’ money. Incredible India, as they say.