Dera chief reaches Panchkula for court verdict

  • Dera chief reaches Panchkula for court verdict

Dera chief reaches Panchkula for court verdict

Congress president, Sonia Gandhi has expressed grave concern and shock at the unabated violence in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana.

A CBI special court on Friday held the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty and convicted him on charges of raping and sexually exploiting two female disciples.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar assured that his government was ready to deal with any fallout from the verdict.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been convicted by the court for raping two women followers in 2002.

As the fires ebbed and night fell on the spiral of violence, police took over from the Army in Panchkula and the focus now shifts to the Dera campus in Sirsa.

"The trouble could have been averted had the Dera supporters been stopped from aggregating in one place", he said, adding that the Haryana government should have stopped trains and buses from reaching Panchkula, just as Punjab had done.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also urged people to maintain peace.

The angry mob attacked media persons who were present on the scene.

Sirsa is the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda of which Ram Rahim, 50, is its chief. Indian states of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi are put on high alert.

Haryana DGP BS Sandhu said more than 1,000 of the godman's supporters had been detained in Panchkula on charges of arson and destruction of public property and said the situation was now coming under control.

Ram Rahim's Dera Sacha Sauda may say that the conviction was an "injustice", but the ground reality is quite different.

Apart from tear gas bombs, water from fire brigades is also being used.

Police said the violence had broken out in several places across the neighboring states of Haryana and Punjab.

The instances of violence today are deeply distressing.

Curfew has been imposed in Mansa, Bathinda and Ferozepore districts of Punjab, following largescale violence.

The three groups of Dera followers were camping in three different locations.

Probe was "game of wits": Former official With a senior directing them to close the case and the rape complainant getting married, it was a "game of wits" for the CBI team that probed the rape case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, recalled a retired officer on Friday.