Ram Rahim rape conviction: Panchkula burn for political gains; HC slams Haryana govt


Sirsa: A day after 31 people died and over 250 were injured in rioting by supporters of self-styled “godman” Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh after he was found guilty of rape, the Haryana Government was slammed by the High Court, which said: ” You let Panchkula burn for political gains.”

The Army gheraoed the premises of Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Haryana’s Sirsa on Saturday morning.

The army has asked Dera followers to evacuate the headquarters peacefully. Several buses have been stationed to transport thousands of followers residing inside the headquarters.

However, the followers are refusing the leave premises.

The situation in Panchkula and Sirsa, the Haryana towns seared by violence on Friday after self-styled “godman” Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of rape, is “very tense but under control”, the Home Ministry has said.

31 people have died and over 250 have been injured in deadly clashes that followed the court verdict. Ram Rahim, the chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, will be sentenced on Monday.

The Army, Rapid Action Force (RAF) and police personnel have been deployed on site.

Section 144 has been imposed in several districts of Punjab, Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the violence and urged everyone to maintain peace. “The instances of violence today are deeply distressing. I strongly condemn the violence and urge everyone to maintain peace,” he said in series of tweets.

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