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

27 August, 2017, 01:15 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Will Khattar weather the storm?

The Home Minister took note of the assurance of DGP, Haryana that the law & order situation in Haryana would be kept in control.

Besides extending the ban on mobile data services in till Tuesday, the Punjab government on Saturday said it has beefed up security at vital installations and is ready to enforce curfew again in sensitive areas of the state on Monday, if needed, in view of the upcoming sentencing of Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

But the CM said he will bill the damages and submit the list in the Punjab and Haryana high court, which has told the dera to pay for the vandalism.

"The other issue discussed was the ongoing encounter in Pulwama.two to four terrorists are still trapped", he said, adding that a house was also set ablaze.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar have urged people in the states to maintain peace. I will not allow violence of any form in any sector in Punjab.

The alleged rape and sexual exploitation, first reported through an anonymous letter in 2002 to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court here, has taken almost 15 years to reach the verdict stage.

"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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"I appeal to all to maintain peace".

Meanwhile, former Harayana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said violence had erupted in Haryana after the verdict and asked the state government to resign.

Singh lauded the security forces.

He also said that people are scared and there is a panic like situation in the state.

Section 144 was imposed in Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand's Nainital and Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh. Strongly condemn violence urge everyone to maintain peace, Prime Minister Modi tweeted. The main leaders of Dera Sacha Sauda, who are likely to instigate followers, are either being taken into custody or arrested.

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


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