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> At least 31 people have been killed in protest in India. They were sparked by the rape conviction of a self-proclaimed godman. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, known as a godman or holy man, was found guilty of sexually assaulting two of his followers in a case dating back to 2002 on Friday.
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Thousands of his supporters have rioted across the country's north in response. In addition to those killed, more than 200 people are thought to be injured. Arson targeting many vehicles and shops. Security has been beefed up across Northern India over the weekend. Just over 500 people have been arrested since the outbreak of violence.
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Singh denies the charges, although he's called on his followers to remain peaceful. He's the head of a spiritual and social welfare group with a following he claims numbers in the millions. They're drawn by sermons popular with people who feel the government has failed them along with his disaster relief and medical programs.
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He's also starred in his own films where he's portrayed fighting off villains and tossing burning motorcycles into the air. In addition to the rape conviction, he's under investigation for allegedly convincing 400 of his male followers into castration. Authorities are bracing for Singh's sentencing on Monday, when there could be more violence.