Haryana, Punjab burning following Dera Baba's conviction, 25 plus dead

Dera violence: Restore peace, Rajnath Singh to Punjab, Haryana Chief Ministers

It was a mistake to allow people to converge on Panchkula.

It has also been made a decision to extend the ban on mobile data services in the state till Tuesday, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced here on Saturday, adding that 19 potential trouble makers had been taken into preventive custody and the crackdown would continue ahead of the sentencing.

It said 50 minor incidents were reported on Friday in nine districts after a CBI special court held the Dera chief guilty of rape and sexual exploitation of two female disciples in 2002. The state government should have known that there could be a problem.

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

The situation in Sirsa and Panchkula towns, both in Haryana, was tense on Thursday with thousands of sect followers converging at both places in support of the sect chief and announcing that they were ready for a "do or die" battle for their leader, and the security personnel being stationed in large numbers to maintain law and order.

To control the situation, the Punjab government on Friday imposed curfew in six districts.


"Restoration of peace and harmony should the first priority now".

Punjab launched search operations at 98 Naam Charcha Ghars of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda across state and recovered lathis, pipes and rods, axes and petrol bombs from the premises. All intelligence inputs received by the Punjab police had been shared with Haryana, he added.

On the other hand, Ram Rahim, who was arrested a day ago, has been kept in Rohtak jail. Previously published photographs of Khattar, BJP ministers and the Dera chief sharing a stage have been doing the rounds on social media.

He revealed that he had spoken and written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his government had also taken up the issue of additional safety for Punjab as far back as August 13, giving everyone ample time to ensure fool-proof security. He said the government should call for more paramilitary forces if needed.

"Fault was in allowing people to gather in Panchkula when the verdict was coming; should have known that there could be a problem", said Amarinder Singh.

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