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Indian city barricaded as ´rape guru´ awaits sentencing

SIRSA: Supporters of an Indian guru ended a tense standoff with soldiers Sunday after the "godman" was convicted of rape, but authorities are bracing for more trouble on the eve of his sentencing after rioting by devotees left 36 dead. Thousands of followers of Ram Rahim Singh had congregated in the spiritual headquarters of his sect in the northern state of Haryana over the weekend and refused to leave, despite calls from police and troops for them to disperse. Singh´s loyalists had gone on a rampage in many other…

Clashes kill 32 as India court convicts Guru Ram Rahim Singh of rape

NEW DELHI: At least 32 people were killed Friday when clashes broke out in northern India after a court convicted a controversial religious leader of raping two of his followers, sparking fury among tens of thousands of supporters who had gathered for the verdict. Authorities rushed hundreds of troops to the city of Panchkula after followers of guru Ram Rahim Singh torched cars went on a rampage throwing rocks and attacking television vans and setting fire to dozens of private vehicles. More than 100,000 were estimated…