Dera violence: Haryana tense but under control


New Delhi, Aug 28:  India’s Home Ministry said on Monday the situation in the northern state of Haryana three days after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was still tense but under control.

“As per report dated August 28, of DGP Control Room, Haryana, total casualties have been 35 with 17 in Panchkula, six in Sirsa and 12 in Chandigarh and total number of injured is 204,” the Ministry said in a statement.

It said Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) remained imposed in all districts of Haryana.

“Columns of Army are doing flag march continuously,” it added.

The Ministry also said that there was a proper vigil in Panchkula, which bore the maximum brunt after the August 25 verdict, and at Sirsa that headquartered the Dera, as well as other parts of Punjab and Haryana.

The death toll in the violence rose to 38, Haryana government officials said on Sunday.

Out of these, 32 deaths have been reported in Panchkula, while six persons have died in Sirsa town, where the headquarters of the sect is located.

Haryana Director General of Police B.S. Sandhu told media here that out of the 38 people, 24 have been identified and post-mortem examination had been conducted on the bodies.

“These include 11 people each from Haryana and Punjab, and one each from Rajasthan and Uttarakhand,” he said.

As many as 264 persons were injured, out of which only 17 were still admitted in the General Hospital, Panchkula, including three police personnel.

A special CBI court’s judge will begin hearing arguments on the quantum of punishment of the Dera chief in a 2002 rape case, inside the District Jail at Sunaria near Rohtak where Ram Rahim was lodged since Friday.

His punishment could range from seven years to life imprisonment.