Dera verdict: Mobile internet ban to continue in Punjab till Tuesday

Posted August 27, 2017

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday blamed the BJP government led by Manohar Lal.

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh today reviewed the internal security and law & order situation in the country in general and in Haryana and adjoining areas, and Jammu & Kashmir in particular. "We did it to prevent the irate followers from causing more damage on way back", Amarinder said even as Gupta added that 50% of these followers were women and children walking on foot with slippers in their hands. Forty-five of the total 250-odd people injured in that violence were from Punjab, he further disclosed, citing data received from Haryana so far. It was a mistake to allow people to converge on Panchkula.

Within few hours of the declaration of verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the Sirsa cult disciples have manifested a sharp commotion in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh.

"The Haryana government should have stopped trains and buses from reaching Panchkula, just as Punjab had done", he said. He said state governments had full information about crowds pouring in and should have anticipated their likely reaction to the court verdict, but failed to handle the situation effectively. On Saturday, the CM chose to duck questions on both him and Congress seeking dera support in previous elections and whether his party would distance itself from the dera now. In Punjab, two columns each Mansa and Malaut are deployed to maintain law and order.

The situation in Haryana was assessed at present to be under control, though it is being carefully monitored.

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Dera Sacha Sauda has at least 15 Ashrams in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.9 of them are in Sirsa alone.

Interacting with mediapersons after a cabinet meeting here, the Chief Minister said that the Western Command of the Indian Army was on standby to tackle any eventuality arising out of the judgement, expected on Friday afternoon.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the State government should remain vigilant and ensure such incidents are not repeated.

"The fault was in allowing people to gather in Panchkula when the verdict was coming".