Gurmeet Ram Rahim's conviction in a 2002 rape case in Panchkula on Friday led to unprecedented violence across Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, with Dera Sacha Sauda supporters torching cars, buses, railway coaches, fire tenders, petrol pumps and buildings. Thirty-two people have reportedly lost their lives so far with more than 250 injured in overcrowded hospitals in Panchkula.
Here's a look at how Twitterati reacted to the conviction and the horrifying display of violence:
Triple Talaaq abolished, Right to Privacy declared as a fundamental right, Gurmeet Ram Rahim convicted. This is the India i wanna live in.
— Ankur Pathak (@aktalkies) August 25, 2017
Stone pelting by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Insan's supporters, if it happens, should be termed insaniyat.
— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) August 24, 2017
Treat Gurmeet Ram Rahim as a criminal. And a traitor. Do not spare this man. What DERA? A bunch of crooks!! — Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) August 25, 2017
He is just Gurmeet Singh. No Ram, no Rahim...definitely no Insaan. Is found guilty of rape — Padmaja joshi (@PadmajaJoshi) August 25, 2017
Politicians, especially from Opposition parties, did not mince their words:
No human shields in Panchkula? Tried & tested crowd control technique much appreciated in many TV news studios not long ago. — Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) August 25, 2017
PM Modi should sack his Haryana CM for gross dereliction of duty. The CM had more than enough time to prepare for this eventuality. — Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) August 25, 2017
Violence & brutality have no place in our society. Condemn the rampage and lawlessness in Haryana & appeal to restore peace and tranquility — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 25, 2017
I appeal to all Punjabis to maintain peace and harmony in the state. We won't allow anyone to disturb the peace & tranquility of our state. pic.twitter.com/YlUeJH1mZk — Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 25, 2017
The instances of violence today are deeply distressing. I strongly condemn the violence & urge everyone to maintain peace. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 25, 2017
Many users mocked the Haryana government for its lack of preparedness:
Haryana CM has mocked the law & order today by allowing Gurmeet Ram Rahim's cavlavade of 200 cars when sec 144 is imposed in Panchkula. 😡 pic.twitter.com/2OsJo9Bn7f — Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) August 25, 2017
Lest we forget: 15 yrs ago, journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, was shot dead for bringing out #RamRahimSingh's rape case out in the public. pic.twitter.com/2Xu7pTKc2K — Neeraj Ghaywan (@ghaywan) August 25, 2017
The worst of times can bring out the best of humour in people:
An observant user fished out Narendra Modi's praise for Gurmeet Ram Rahim earlier:
Published Date: Aug 25, 2017 21:44 PM | Updated Date: Aug 25, 2017 21:44 PM