Dera chief rape verdict : Panchukla, Sirsa tense, but under control

There have been no reports of violence in Sirsa since Friday night The sitution in most parts of Haryana is tense but under control as of 6 am on Saturday, a statement from K. S. Dhatwalia, the Director General of the Press Information Bureau, said. At least 30 people were killed and 250 injured in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana on Friday after supporters of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect went on the rampage as news broke that their chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had been convicted of rape by a CBI special court.

“As per Panchkula Control Room, Haryana the situation in most of the part of Haryana is tensed (sic) but under control. Situation in Panchkula and Sirsa is very tense but under control. There are reports of approx. 31 Nos (29 deaths in Panchkula and 2 deaths in Sirsa) casualities and many injured as of now,” the statement read.

No reports of violence

There have been no reports of violence since Friday night in Sirsa, which houses the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters, police told PTI, asserting that the situation is under control in the district. At least 30 people were killed and 250 injured in widespread violence, arson and police firing in Haryana on Friday, triggered by the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a sexual exploitation case. While 28 people were killed in Panchkula, the epicentre of the violence, two died in Sirsa.“The law and order situation is under control as there has been no report of violence since last night,” said a senior police officer.

Close watch in Delhi

Meanwhile, Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed in 11 of the 13 police districts in Delhi barring north and central Delhi, said Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma. The Delhi Police on Friday night said that they had no plans to seal the city borders, but they are keeping a close watch on the area in the outskirts following sporadic violence in different parts of the Capital after the verdict.

“We have no plans to restrict passenger movement, but extra deployments have been made at the border areaa and we will keep an eye on those entering the city to see if they are planning to organise and assemble, which won’t be allowed because of prohibitory orders in place,” said Mr. Verma.

Flag march

Army carried out a flag march in the area on Friday night to maintain law and order. The normal life has come to a standstill due to curfew-like restrictions imposed by the authorities to prevent any untoward incident.Two companies of the Army and 10 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed. Police personnel have asked locals to stay indoors.

In Panchkula on Friday, CBI judge Jagdeep Singh held Ram Rahim, the 50-year-old flamboyant chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, guilty of rape in a case that was registered on the basis of an anonymous written complaint in 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers. On the basis of the report, a case was registered against him in December 2002 by the CBI on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The quantum of sentence against Ram Rahim, who enjoys ‘Z’ category security, will be pronounced on August 28.

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