India guru rape: High alert ahead of Ram Rahim sentence

Indian security forces have been put on high alert ahead of the sentencing of a controversial guru convicted of rape.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s followers rioted after Friday’s verdict in Panchkula – 38 people were killed.

The self-styled holy man was found guilty of sexually assaulting two female followers. He faces a maximum sentence of life in jail.

A curfew has been imposed in several areas of Haryana and Punjab states, while the capital Delhi is on alert.

The army has been put on standby and police say they have been given “shoot on sight” orders in case of trouble.

Singh, 50, will not be taken to court to hear his sentence. Instead, the judge who convicted him will be flown to Rohtak jail where he is being held, to deliver it.

The verdict is expected at 14:30pm local time (09:00 GMT).

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