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Dera property will be seized to compensate for loss of public property, says HC

By Deepika
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Enraged by the rape conviction of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Friday, thousands of his followers went on the rampage, hurling stones and vandalising media vehicles. Taking this into serious consideration the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered strict penalty for Dera Sacha Sauda.

A media person walks near burning vehicles in violence following Dera

The entire property of the organization led by its self-styled spiritual leader Ram Rahim -- should be attached for the damage they caused to public property, the court said.

A hearing will be held at 10 am tomorrow by the full bench of the High Court, which has ordered the police to file cases in this regard.

The special CBI court of Panchkula has convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in the sexual assault case. They will be sentenced on August 28.

Aftermath of the verdict, violence by the followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim spiraled out of control on Friday, reaching Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier, the court said the "forces should not hesitate to use weapons, if required", while hearing a PIL on the situation in Panchkula. The Court also asked for video footage to review if the property was appropriately protected.

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