Ramchandra Chhatrapati, a journalist, in 2002 was shot and later succumbed to his injuries following an anonymous letter about the sexual exploitation of women by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in his newspaper.
A special CBI court in Panchkula convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others in the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhattrapati, ANI reported. The court will pronounce its sentence in the case on 17 January.
All four including Gurmeet Ram Rahim convicted in Journalist Ram Chander Chhatarpati murder case, by CBI Spl Court in Panchkula. Sentence to be pronounced on January 17. pic.twitter.com/vMlOHeyIHh
— ANI (@ANI) January 11, 2019
On Tuesday, the court had allowed the presence of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh through video conferencing for hearing in the case. Gurmeet Ram Rahim had been named as the main conspirator in the case.
Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002 after his newspaper, ‘Poora Sach’, published an anonymous letter narrating how women were being sexually exploited by Gurmeet Ram Rahim at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. The journalist later succumbed to injuries and a case was registered in 2003. The case was handed over to the CBI in 2006.
Violence had erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana in August 2017 following the conviction of Dera sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leaving over 40 persons dead and scores of people injured.
Extensive security arrangements have been made in Haryana especially in Panchkula, Sirsa (headquarter of Dera) and Rohtak districts with several companies of the state armed police, anti-riot police and commando force being deployed to deal with any law and order situation.
Additional police force has also been deployed near the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa in Haryana, police said. They have been keeping a close watch in sensitive areas like Faridkot, Moga, Baghapurana, Jaitu, Kotkapura, police said.