On parole, Dera Sacha Sauda boss Gurmeet Ram Rahim, a convicted rape and murder man, was seen on Tuesday cutting a cake with a sword in violation of the law, even as some senior BJP leaders attended his online religious discourse and interactive sessions that provoked a strong reaction. of the Delhi Women’s Commission.
Ram Rahim, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for rape and murder, was released on a 40-day probation from Sunaria jail in Haryana’s Rohtak district on Saturday and arrived at his Barnawa-based dera in Baghpat from Uttar Pradesh. He started his online sessions on Monday.
On Tuesday, an alleged video of Ram Rahim cutting a giant cake with a sword was widely shared on social media. In the video, the dera boss is reportedly heard saying, “After five years, I got the chance to celebrate like this. You should cut at least five cakes. This is the first cake. The public display of weapons, in this case cutting a cake with a sword, is prohibited by the Weapons Law.
In his parole application, Ram Rahim said he wants to attend an event to mark the birth anniversary of former dera chief Shah Satnam Singh on January 25.
Meanwhile, several BJP leaders attended his online sessions and sought blessings from the Dera chief. They include Rajya Sabha MP Krishan Lal Panwar, Prime Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s Officer-on-Special Duty (OSD) and former Minister Krishan Bedi, Transport Minister Moolchand Sharma’s brother, Guhla Cheeka MLA’s daughter-in-law and chairmen of various municipalities.
In reaction to the development, the chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), Swati Maliwal, lashed out at Khattar. Tweeting the video of Ram Rahim cutting the cake, she said: “Khattar ji look how the rapist who you left open in society is slapping the system. Once the great heroes used to protect the weak with the sword. Today this rapist is partying with the sword. A case is registered under the Arms Law for such an act, but here the entire government is thrown at their feet.”
In another tweet, he said that the “rapist and murderer” Ram Rahim has started his drama again. “Haryana CM OSD and Rajya Sabha MP attended the fake Baba’s court. Mr. Khattar, he can’t get away saying that he has nothing to do with this. Clear your position: are you with this rapist or are you with the women,” he asked in a Hindi tweet.
During the Dera chief’s previous probation period, several Haryana BJP leaders were also seen seeking his blessings and interacting with him.
While interacting with the Dera chief online, Panwar and Bedi told him that they had come to Sirsa to invite him to a state level function being organized on February 3 to commemorate Sant Ravidas Jayanti in Narwana. Panwar also praised the Dera chief for launching a cleanup campaign.
Haryana Lokhit Party leader Gopal Kanda’s brother Gobind Kanda was also seen interacting with the Dera chief and expressed his wish to see Ram Rahim in Sirsa soon.
Ram Rahim is expected to arrive at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa on Wednesday.
This is the fourth time the Dera boss has been paroled in the last 14 months. The latest probation came less than three months after he was released on 40-day probation in October 2022 ahead of the Haryana panchayat election and Adampur Assembly by-election. By this time he too had stayed in Baghpat.
During his previous probation, the Dera chief held several online satsangs and released some songs.