Ram Rahim Verdict: Curfew lifted in Punjab, Amarinder Singh says situation peaceful

Francis Osborne
August 27, 2017

Yesterday, after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a 2002 rape case by a CBI court in Panchkula, his enraged followers resorted to violence in which 32 people have died so far.

While congratulating police and civil officials for handling the situation in Punjab, he said 52 minor incidents had been reported from the state, with no loss of life or extensive damage anywhere following the announcement of the verdict yesterday.

He said his government would not allow anyone to spread bad blood in Punjab and if needed, curfew would be reinforced in sensitive areas of the state on Monday.

The police, paramilitary forces and army personnel who deployed to keep the peace were clearly outnumbered and overwhelmed by the over 1.5 lakh supporters of Ram Rahim Singh, who had been allowed to gather and camp on the roads and parks in Panchkula.

He said that senior Haryana Police officers have been deputed along with civil administration officers to deal with any situation.

"The Army has been asking the followers to vacate the Dera premise voluntarily". The list would be submitted to the HC and the state would follow the orders.

The home minister was apprised about the steps taken to maintain law and order and restore peace, said an official privy to the development.

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Capt Amarinder, however, expressed grief at the death of seven people from Punjab in Panchkula's violence.

- Curfew has been imposed in Sangrur, Moga and Patiala district of Punjab.

- Baghpat District Magistrate directs all schools in the region to remain closed today in Uttar Pradesh.

According to reports, Singh will brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the violence. The main leaders of Dera Sacha Sauda, who are likely to instigate followers, are either being taken into custody or arrested. He pointed out that trouble could have been averted had the Dera supporters been stopped from aggregating in one place.

He, however, refused to toe the line of his party, which is seeking the resignation of Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar.

- Passengers have been stranded at Bathinda railway station due to curfew imposed in Punjab.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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