Chandigarh: As the world stands crippled against the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus) by taking extraordinary measures and doctors and scientists research drugs for its treatment and vaccines to prevent it, Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda’s controversial preacher Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has done it again to be in the limelight, now he says he claims to “have heard the knock of this deadly disease eight years back in 2012.”
This claim has come around in an article of his titled “How to Safeguard Yourself against the Virus that Shook the World – Corona,” which has been uploaded on the Dera Sacha Sauda’s official page.
The Dera chief as of now is presently locked in Sunaria jail in Haryana’s Rohtak district after he was convicted in rape and murder cases.
The special CBI court in Panchkula had on August 25, 2017, convicted Ram Rahim for the rape of two sadhvis (female disciples) and sentenced him to 20-year imprisonment.
The article uploaded by Dera Sacha Sauda on March 14, emphasises on a host of important issues such as the use of hand sanitization and regular washing of hands, terming it the basic and the most effective way to staying clear of the virus. It states the controversial lines as, “Incidentally, Guru Ji (the Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim) has even established a world record for most people sanitizing their hands in the year 2012″
Some other criminal charges on chief Ram Rahim include, on January 17, 2019, the CBI court had sentenced the controversial man to life imprisonment for the 2002 murder of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.
He has also faced trial in two more cases – one case involves him castrating almost 400 Dera followers in Sirsa and second he was involved in the murder case of former Dera manager Ranjit Singh.