Ram Rahim Convicted: 550 People Rounded Up, Arms Recovered

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Chandigarh: Haryana’s Director General of Police (DGP) B S Sandhu on late Friday night said that that 550 people have been rounded up and some arms and ammunition have been recovered due to the violence in Panchkula in the wake of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh being convicted in a rape case.

Speaking at press conference here, Sandhu said, “Curfew, which was clamped in Panchkula in the evening, has been lifted but certain restrictions are still in place. Three rifles, three pistols along with live cartridges and narcotics have been recovered and 65 dera vehicles have been impounded”.

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Confirming about the deaths in the state, Sandhu said 28 people died in the violence in Panchkula, six of them due to bullet injuries.

“60 policemen, including two SSPs, were also injured in the violence. While, 28 people died in the violence in Panchkula, six of them due to bullet injuries. Panchkula was now peaceful and all Dera supporters have been moved out even as some restrictions were still in place. Flag marches will be carried out in Panchkula by security forces,” DGP said.

The DGP said that except for Sirsa, situation in rest of Haryana is under control.

“The Dera chief was airlifted to Rohtak, where he has been lodged in the district jail in Sunaria, nearly 10 km on the outskirts the town. The decision to airlift him was taken as part of strategy as Dera followers could have created problem for the security personnel had he been taken by road. We used tear gas, lathi-charge, pellet bullets and fired on them (protesters) where arson was reported. As a strategy, we didn’t take Ram Rahim Singh to Ambala but Rohtak’s Sunaria jail where he is present right now. It would have been very difficult to take him to Ambala jail as Dera followers were there on the way,” he added.

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Panchkula is completely peaceful at the moment, flag marches conducted.

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