Published: Sun, August 27, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

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

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

Security has been beefed up in Punjab ahead of pronouncement of quantum of sentence in the rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim Singh on Monday, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said today.

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.

The CM said his government would not accept any nonsense or allow anyone to spread bad blood in Punjab even on Monday and this was his promise to the state and its people.

"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. "Not enough measures were taken into consideration to curb the situation", Singh said at a press conference. Authorities have suspended mobile internet services (including 2G, 3G, 4G, CDMA and GPRS) and all SMS services and all dongle services provided on mobile networks, except voice calls for the next three days, while shops in Panchkula and Sirsa have been shut and stadiums converted into temporary jail complexes. The list would be submitted to the HC and the state would follow the orders.

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Punjab Chief Minister, Amrinder Singh has said that if the situation demands, we would impose curfew in Punjab. This, and the fact that the entire Punjab police and the government was in the field yesterday, had ensured that things remained peaceful in the state, he added.

Section 144 was imposed in Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand's Nainital and Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh. He said there had been no contact between him and Haryana Chief Minister Manihar Lal Khattar although the Punjab DGP had been in regular touch with his counterpart there. He urged Dera supporters to maintain calm. The police have recovered the CCTV footage, probe is underway.

- Six private commandos of Ram Rahim Singh arrested by Chandigarh Police, weapons and petrol cans seized from them. What can 200 cops do before lakhs of people?

In Punjab, curfew was relaxed in Patiala, Bathinda and Ferozepur towns for four hours, while in Haryana it was relaxed in Kaithal town.

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