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

Posted August 27, 2017

Preventive and precautionary measures should have been taken in time, he said, emphasising that it was the responsibility of any state government to maintain law and order.

Asked whether the Haryana Government had failed to control the situation, Mehrishi said, "In an ongoing situation we can not blame anyone".

It has also been made a decision 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 appeal to everyone, especially to the people of Punjab and Haryana to maintain peace and the bonds of communal brotherhood at all costs", he said. 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.

Within few hours of the declaration of verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the Sirsa cult disciples have manifested a sharp commotion in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh. 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. The state government should have known that there could be a problem. In a statement here, he said Punjab needs peace and communal harmony most of all as it has already suffered grievous wounds.

At least 31 people died after violence erupted in Haryana's Panchkula town after a CBI court convicted the Dera chief in a rape case.

She said it was the third such occasion when the Khattar Government has badly let down the people.

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The situation in Haryana was assessed at present to be under control, though it is being carefully monitored.

But Amarinder admitted that talks were held between Punjab and Haryana intelligence officials if not CMs and police chiefs.

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.

On the other hand, Ram Rahim, who was arrested a day ago, has been kept in Rohtak jail.

Singh instructed officials to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.