Chandigarh: Section 144 has been imposed in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, and also in Noida and Ghaziabad in view of violent protests in Punjab and Haryana.
Punjab government has asked the Centre for more security forces in view of violence at different places. To control the Dera Sacha Sauda followers, Army has been called out in Haryana’s Sirsa.
Amid reports of violence, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi has said that the Haryana DGP told him that the “situation is being brought under control gradually”.
1000 Dera supporters been detained, says Haryana’s ADGP (Law & Order). Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that action will be taken against those taking law in their hands, appeal everyone to remain cautious.
Haryana CM also said that no one is above law. Appeal people to not believe in rumors & steer clear of people with criminal intentions.
At least 31 people were killed and 250 were injured on Friday in Panchkula after violence erupted in the city following conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case, according to ANI. Singh was taken to Rohtak’s Police Training College in Sunaria.
The agitating Dera supporters have set alight an Income Tax office in Punjab’s Mansa.
In the wake of violence after Ram Rahim’s conviction, security at Delhi BJP headquarters has also been tightened.
Haryana Police has detained as many as 1000 Dera followers, agitating against the conviction of Gurmeet.
Punjab Haryana High Court orders attachment of property of Gurmeet Ram Rahim to compensate for the damage caused by his supporter.
Northern Railway Spox Neeraj Sharma said that two empty rakes of Rewa Express at Anand Vihar Terminal railway station were set on fire.
BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj defends rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim, says the Dera chief is a ‘noble soul’.
Police have said that alleged Dera supporters torched a bus in northeast Delhi’s Loni Chowk. A bus was also set ablaze near Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital in Delhi.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have appealed to the public to maintain peace after violence in Haryana and Punjab.
Punjab and Haryana High Court said properties of Ram Rahim Singh should be attached to pay for the losses due to violence. The High Court also said the senior government officials in Panchkula should be given security by paramilitary forces.
“People have taken law in their hand by resorting to violence,” Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said. “Action will be taken against those who have violated law,” he added. He has asked everyone to remain cautious.
“No one is above law. Appeal people to not believe in rumours and steer clear of people with criminal intentions,” Khattar said.
Dera followers turned violent after a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court found Singh guilty of raping two of his women followers.
As many as 600 Army men have been deployed in Panchkula.
Soon, curfew was imposed in Panchkula and security alert was issued for Delhi borders. Curfew has also been imposed in Muktsar, Bathinda, Mansa in Punjab.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he was keeping a close watch on the situation in the state. He said he has briefed the Union Home Minister about the situation.
After the special CBI court in Panchkula declared Singh guilty of rape, the Dera followers went on rampage and attacked media vans and set Malout and Balluanna railway stations and a petrol pump on fire.