Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Rohtak jail # Military is not going inside Dera, there is no such plan as of now: Rajpal Punia, GOC, 33 Division Hisar # Presents by www.himalayauk.org (Newsportal)
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday castigated the state government holding it squarely responsible for the violence that erupted in Panchkula on Friday eventually leading to the death of 30 people. The High Court slammed state Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan and held Chief Minister ML Khattar responsible for protecting the Dera Sacha Sauda.
“You [state government] have been misleading [us]. There has been a sea difference between administrative and political decisions. Administrative decisions were paralysed because of political decisions. You have placed a DCP under suspension, but was he the only person responsible for all this? Are you trying to tell us that?,” the HC asked AG Mahajan.
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“CM is the Home Minister. Why have you allowed people to assemble for seven days. CM is protecting them,” the HC observed. Also Read: Panchkula, Sirsa limping back to normal, Haryana govt orders search of Dera centres
Army has no immediate plan of entering Dera Sacha Sauda sect headquarters in Sirsa and it is focusing on maintaining law and order in the wake of violence triggered by the rape conviction of sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, a top officer said today. The Army along with the police and paramilitary forces has put up barricades at entry points of the Dera premises, where tens of thousands of Dera followers, including women and children, stayed put despite an appeal by authorities to leave. Major General Rajpal Punia said the Army has no immediate plans to enter the Dera campus. “There is some confusion that the Army is going inside the Dera campus. At the moment there is no such plan,” General Punia told mediapersons at a press conference. He said he would be going to the sect headquarters to talk to the Dera management to vacate the campus.
On Friday, violence erupted in Panchkula, parts of Haryana, Punjab and even in Delhi after a CBI court convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of rape. Thousands of Dera followers, who had assembled in Panchkula, began indulging in arson and loot, burning police vehicles, media OB vans, government buildings and railway stations. 30 people were killed in clashes in Panchkula and Sirsa, the headquarters of the Dera, and over 200 people injured.
The High Court has asked the Haryana government to submit a detailed plan on sanitising the Dera headquarters in Sirsa and its other branches across the state. The HC also asked AG, Haryana to name the officer who told him that there were only five cars in Dera chief’s convoy while he was being brought from Sirsa to the CBI court in Panchkula Friday. The court also asked the Punjab and Haryana government to submit a list of the properties owned by the Dera across the states. The state was also directed to issue orders to the Dera not to alienate any of its properties till further directions of the court.