Gurmeet Ram Rahim will grow vegetables, prune trees at just Rs 20/day

CHANDIGARH: He was the master of the sprawling Dera Sacha Saudaheadquarters at Sirsa till August 28. But, now incarcerated, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will spend his time in jail growing vegetables, pruning trees eight hours a day just for Rs 20.

The 50-year-old self-styled godman, who boasted of millions of followers, is lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail for raping his two disciples.

A special CBI court had sentenced him to 20 years in jail, 10 years each in two rape cases on August 28. And the ‘pitaji’, as his followers used to call him reverently, was stamped as prisoner number 1997.

Adjoining his barrack, there is a small plot of land where he will grow vegetables, K P Singh, DGP (jails), Haryana, told reporters in Panchkula.

“He has already taken up his work.”

Whatever he produces will be used in the jail mess.

Born in the Sri Gurusar Modia village in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar district on August 15, 1967, Ram Rahim used to help his landlord father in farms during his early years.

“In jail, he will also prune trees adjoining his barrack. He will get Rs 20 per day for farming work, which falls under the unskilled work category,” the DGP (jails) said.

Normally, eight hours is maximum a prisoner is allowed to work, he said.

He described the high-profile inmate as a “disciplined prisoner” as he dismissed reports that Ram Rahim was being extended any special treatment.

“It is (a) baseless and imaginary (report). No prisoner in jail is given any special treatment and that includes Ram Rahim,” he said, adding there is no TV set in his cell.

“He is living in jail like any other ordinary inmate and he is living like a disciplined inmate. He is being provided the same food given to other prisoners.”

Asked for his response over reports which quoted some inmates saying that Ram Rahim is uncomfortable and breaks down in jail, the DGP said, “This is baseless”.

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