Ram Rahim: Indian guru guilty of journalist's murder

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12 January, 2019 11:23 AM

Ram Rahim: Indian guru guilty of journalist's murder

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for rape/AFP

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An Indian guru who is already in jail for rape has been convicted for the 2002 murder of a journalist.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was given a 20-year sentence in 2017 for raping two female followers.

He will be sentenced for the murder on 17 January, reports BBC.

Newspaper editor Ram Chander Chhatrapati was shot dead after exposing abuse at Dera's headquarters in the north-western city of Sirsa.

Three other men were also convicted of Chhatrapati's murder - Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal. The self-styled holy man appeared at the court in Panchkula in Haryana state through a video link from his prison.

During the trial, security was stepped up across the state and in parts of Punjab - where most of Dera's followers live. Violence erupted after the sect leader's rape conviction in August 2017, which resulted in the deaths of 38 people.