Four Dera chief followers arrested for torching rail coaches

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New Delhi, Dec 20: Four followers of Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have been arrested for torching rail coaches after he was convicted of rape in August, police said on Wednesday.

They set fire to two empty coaches stationed at Anand Vihar station yard to avenge the sect chief’s conviction for the rape of two female disciples, an officer said, news agency IANS reported.

Based on a tip-off, Vijay Malik, Bir Singh, Kanhaiya Lal and Harjeet Singh were nabbed late on Tuesday from their residences in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar and Laxmi Nagar.

“During interrogation, the accused admitted to being followers of the Dera and confessed that they had set the two coaches ablaze on August 25,” the officer stated.

The incident was reported on the same day by Railway officers, he said, adding some bottles with inflammable liquid were also found at the spot indicating that it was the work of some miscreants.

The accused have been booked for vandalising public property and under the Railways Act, he added.


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