Panchkula (Har): Enraged by the rape conviction of self-styled godman Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh Friday, thousands of his followers went on the rampage, hurling stones and vandalising media vehicles. At least five people were killed and scores injured.
Police fired in the air and also lobbed tear gas and let loose water cannons on the protesters to quell the violence, which appeared to be spreading in Haryana, Punjab and even Rajasthan.
The duty doctor at the Civil Hospital in Panchkula said at least five people were killed.
“The flow of injured is not stopping,” said a TV channel reporter in his dispatch, which also showed pictures of vehicles burning, and at least one person lying motionless by the roadside. The report said the man was dead.
It said at least 100 people were injured and eight people may have died, but this could not be immediately confirmed.
Immediately after a court convicted the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, many of his followers, including a large number of women, broke police barricades and security cordons. PTI