PM Narendra Modi strongly condemned violence by followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda

New Delhi: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condemned the instances of violence in parts of the country.

“The instances of violence today are deeply distressing. I strongly condemn the violence and urge everyone to maintain peace.

The law and order situation is being closely monitored. I reviewed the situation with the NSA and Home Secretary.

Urged officials to work round the clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required”, the Prime Minister said.

It should be noted that a CBI special court on Friday held controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of raping and sexually exploiting two female disciples.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was lodged in a make-shift jail at a police training centre in Rohtak soon after his conviction.

Enraged by the rape conviction of self-styled godman, thousands of his followers went on the rampage, hurling stones and vandalising media vehicles. At least 28 people were killed and more than 250 injured in the violence that left a trail of destruction and vandalism.

Ram Rahim is the chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda, a quasi- religious group, and was accused in 2002 of sexually exploiting two female followers. He was whisked away after the conviction and the sentencing will take place on Monday. He faces imprisonment of seven years to life imprisonment.