Dera chief verdict: Army on standby; curfew imposed in Sirsa

Toni Houston
August 27, 2017

The High Court has accused the BJP led Haryana's state government and administration of internally supporting the Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim as it fails to stem the increase of violence across northern India.

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.

It has also been chose to extend the ban on mobile data services in the state till Tuesday, the CM said, adding that 19 potential trouble makers had been taken into preventive custody and that the crackdown would continue ahead of the sentencing. I will not allow violence of any form in any sector in Punjab.

"The fault was in allowing people to gather in Panchkula when the verdict was coming". The main leaders of DSS, who are likely to instigate followers, are either being taken into confidence or arrested, he said. The list would be submitted to the HC and the state would follow the orders.

The Home Minister took note of the assurance of the DGP, Haryana, that the law and order situation in the State will be kept under control, the MHA said in a statement.

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


Curfew has been imposed in Bathinda, Mansa, Barnala and Ferozepur.

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

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, however, shifted blame and said it was anti-social elements that were responsible for the violence.

- Madhur Verma of Delhi Police confirmed that Dera Sacha Sauda followers tried to create mischief, following which a case has been registered. "Additional security forces have been deployed in sensitive areas with large number of Dera supporters and patrolling has been strengthened", the spokesperson said.

Internet services were being suspended for 72 hours beginning Thursday evening following a collective decision to this effect by the authorities in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

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