Four Po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rested over ‘es­cape plan’ for guru jailed for rape

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New delhi: Four In­dian Po­lice of­fi­cers have been ar­rested over a sus­pected con­spir­acy to help the guru of a re­li­gious sect flee from a court af­ter he was sen­tenced to 20 years im­pris­on­ment for the rape of two fol­low­ers. De­tec­tives from the north In­dian state of Haryana ar­rested five peo­ple, in­clud­ing the four Po­lice of­fi­cers, for al­legedly plan­ning to aid the es­cape of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the 50-year old head of the Dera Sacha Sauda or Place of Truth ashram, af­ter his con­vic­tion last month.

Singh is of­ten re­ferred to as the “Guru of Bling” or a “God Man”, and has thou­sands of fol­low­ers across sev­eral states. The end of his trial re­sulted in ri­ot­ing that left 38 peo­ple dead and 200 in­jured. Three Haryana Po­lice com­man­dos were ar­rested in the city of Panchkula, while a Ra­jasthan Po­lice of­fi­cer, Om Prakash, was held in the state’s city of Hanu­man­garh.

The ar­rested com­man­dos were iden­ti­fied as Head Con­sta­bles Amit Ku­mar and Ra­jesh Ku­mar, and Con­sta­ble Ra­jesh Ku­mar. Panchkula Po­lice’s Com­mis­sioner A S Chawla said: “Three ar­rested Haryana Po­lice com­man­dos, along with other po­lice per­son­nel from Pun­jab, Chandigarh and Ra­jasthan, were found present in Panchkula on Au­gust 25. They were in Panchkula in Po­lice uni­form.

“The three Haryana Po­lice com­man­dos were sum­moned but they could not give any sat­is­fac­tory re­ply as to why they came to Panchkula on that day.”

Sep­a­rately, a fifth per­son, Di­lawar In­saan, was also ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the case.

Af­ter the court pro­nounced Singh guilty, at least five of the seven of­fi­cers guard­ing the guru al­legedly tried to free him. They were ar­rested and charged with sedi­tion. The of­fi­cers were as­signed to Singh as his se­cu­rity de­tail but had al­legedly become his fol­low­ers over the years.

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