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

Tabitha Dunn
August 27, 2017

During a press conference in Chandigarh Saturday, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said he had held a review meeting with top administrative and police officials to assess the law and order situation following which 39 criminal cases had been registered against perpetrators of violence in the state.

Any attempt to foment trouble in the state will be dealt with an iron hand, he said, adding that a security blanket had been put in place across the state.

The chief minister said that he had authorised the state Director General of Police (DGP) to take any decision he deemed fit, including imposition of curfew if needed, in order to ensure the safety and security of the people. "Haryana, Punjab and Delhi have not seen many incidents today". The state government should have known that there could be a problem.

"Nobody wants trouble in Punjab and we will not allow anyone to vitiate the state's atmosphere", chief minister Singh said, adding that the Dera Sacha Sauda followers were also Punjabis and did not want to destroy peace.

The Punjab Chief Minister expressed grief on the death of seven persons from Punjab in Panchkula violence, but made it clear that there was no loss of life in any of the minor incidents reported in some parts of the state yesterday. On Saturday, the CM chose to duck questions on both him and Congress seeking dera support in previous elections and whether his party would distance itself from the dera now.

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

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The situation in Punjab and Haryana is getting worse.

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

The situation in Haryana's Sirsa, the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, 260 km from here, was tense as over one lakh followers were still camping there.

- Six private commandos of Ram Rahim Singh arrested by Chandigarh Police, weapons and petrol cans seized from them.

"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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