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With more than 70 million devotees in India and abroad and an empire of all that you could imagine, Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim is now sentenced to life imprisonment with four others in the murder case of his manager Ranjit Singh. 20 years of hard work and 30.2 lakhs fine on count of a rape case and criminal intimidation.
On the 18th of October 2021, the Dera Sacha Sauda leader, Gurmeet Ram Rahim along with 4 others was sentenced to life in prison in the murder case of his manager Ranjit Singh. Days ago this man was a massive power, influence and a guru to millions, and this has been his comedown in few days.
Let’s take a look at the life of this larger than life Guru for millions of people and his fall to now spending 2 decades in prison.
Early Life of Gurmeet Singh:
- Gurmeet Singh was the only child of his parents, Maghar Singh and Naseeb Kaur. The Jat couple owned land in Gurusar Modia Village, Sri Ganganagar District, Rajasthan. They were devoted followers of Dera head at that time, Shah Satnam.
- He was described as a “studious” and “well-behaved child” but few people in Modia village believe different, Singh was known to misbehave with girls and failed 9th standard to get expelled.
Gurmeet became Ram Rahim:
- Gurmeet was initiated in the Dera since he was just 7 years old.
- Aging Dera head Shah Satnam, voluntarily announced Gurmeet as the successor of his Gaddi on September 23, 1990. He was now called ‘Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’.
- The Dera supporters proclaimed him as the reincarnation of Beparwah Mastana Balochistani, who founded the sect in 1948 and made the prophecy in 1960 of being reborn after seven years. Gurmeet Singh born on 15th August 1967, worked in his favour.
Dera Sacha Sauda and Ram Rahim:
- The humble ashram of Dera Sacha Sauda was expanded to more than 700 acres under Ram Rahim Singh.
- CBI probe found his properties all over India and also abroad, in Australia, Italy and UK.
- The sales from MSG Food (Online grocery store) alone brought him 1 crore in a day
- The Dera earned approx 60 crores every year from their hotel where the paid devotees stayed.
MSG: Messenger of GOD, the Multi-talented Singh:
- Ram Rahim in 2015 came up with four subsequent movies, MSG-2: The Messenger, MSG: The Warrior Lion Heart, Hind ka Napak ko Jawab and Jattu Engineer
- All movies were directed, written, produced, and starred in by Gurmeet Singh.
- The movies were loved by his followers and raked in 1000 crores from all four of his movies alone.
And while many of the Dera's now disillusioned followers might well go their way, even perhaps returning to the fold of mainstream religions, trials of their Guru await in Rohtak jail - 'Prisoner number 1997'-Gurmeet Singh.
Apart from charges related to his role in the 2002 murders of journalist Chhatrapati and of Ranjit Singh, the CBI has also been probing allegations that Singh ordered the forcible castration of 400 followers.