“Godman Ram Rahim” is innocent, Curfew in Panchkula

Sirsa: Followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh arrive at his 'ashram' in Sirsa on Thursday, ahead of the verdict in the rape trial of Ram Rahim.

The situation in Panchkula and Sirsa is under high tension, but remain under control. According to the reports there were 31 people killed and more than 250 injured after the verdict against self-appointed Godman Gurmeet Ram Raheem singh.

He has convicted for rape case. He is the chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda, will be sentenced on Monday. However, he has been kept in a special prison cell in Rohtak. There is huge Army presence near the headquarters of the sect in Sirsa. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is meeting top officials to review the security situation in the state.

Followed by the court verdict, the supporters of Ram Rahim rampaged in response, the have started demonstration, attacking railway stations, petrol pumps and television vans in towns across Punjab and Haryana. Dozens of cars were set on fire in Panchkula town while a bloodied body lay in the middle of a road.

Protests also erupted in Punjab, New Delhi and the neighbouring state of Rajasthan. Two train stations were set on fire in Punjab in the towns of Malout and Balluanna. According to the reports, there are around 200 trains that run through Punjab and Haryana have been cancelled. Along with it, the public gatherings have been banned in several parts of Delhi along the border with Haryana.

The curfew has been imposed in Panchkula, Sirsa and Kaithar district, mobile internet service has been stopped. Authorities informed that the curfew will be cut for four hours today, so that the residents can buy essential and eatable items.

“The law and order situation is under control as there has been no report of violence since last night,” said a senior police officer. Army also conducted flag march in riot-hit regions. According to Reuters, nearly 1,000 members of his Sacha Sauda group were detained for violence and arson.

In response to violence, the advocate of Ram Rahim, according to Reuters said, “the Dera chief was innocent and his followers had every right to express their outrage. Ram Rahim’s sect will appeal against Friday’s verdict.”



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