Chandigarh, Aug 28: During the final moments of the court hearings, under a special arrangement in Rohtak’s Sonaria Jail, convicted godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh broke down, pleading for mercy.Also Read - Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, 4 Others Get Life Imprisonment in Ranjit Singh Murder Case
“Mujhe maaf kar do (please forgive me),” were the words uttered by Ram Rahim as Justice Jagdeep Singh ignored his last-minute leniency appeal and sentenced him 10 years of consecutive imprisonment, which sums up to 20-years behind the bars. Also Read - Dera Sacha Sauda's Gurmeet Ram Rahim Convicted In Ranjit Singh Murder Case
The quantum of punishment was announced by the CBI judge as per the Indian Penal Code sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman). Also Read - HC Restrains CBI Judge From Pronouncing Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Ram Rahim Verdict
Ram Rahim wept for nearly ten minutes inside the makeshift courtroom, after the court awarded him the punishment, reports claimed.
During the course of the hearing, TV reports say, the rape convict cried innocence, reiterating before the judge that he is “being framed” in the case.
Security was beefed up across Haryana and Punjab ahead of the sentencing of Ram Rahim.
No major incident of violence was reported. However, two vehicles were burnt down in Sirsa, the home base of Ram Rahim.
AS Dhillon, IG Sirsa, while briefing the press, said situation would remain under control. “Please be assured that no guilty will be spared during violence probe,” he said.
The Dera headquarters in Sirsa, according to the IG, is still occupied by 1000 Ram Rahim devotees, whom the forces have urged to vacate the premises.
Curfew would continue to remain imposed in Sirsa, Rohtak, Panchkula and other parts of Haryana, where the Dera has presence. Internet services and SMS would be clamped down till Tuesday morning, 11:30 AM, to prevent galvanisation of Dera members for protest.
Army columns have been kept on standby, along with 28 units of Rapid Action Force. 20,000 security personnel are also stationed in Delhi, which saw nine incidents of arson on Friday, following Ram Rahim’s conviction.