All nine Naam Charcha Ghars (congregation centres) in the district have been sealed, Kurukshetra SP Abhishek Garg told PTI. August 17, 2017: Arguments of prosecution and defence conclude. The High Court's response came after a Central government lawyer advocated that Friday's violence by Dera supporters was a matter of the state.
The Khattar government, which has come under attack for its inept handling of tough situations leaving the common people at the mercy of marauding mobs, be it the Jat agitators in February past year or the Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) followers on Friday, has chosen to brazenly pat itself on its back for "controlling the situation within three hours" and even claiming that things could have been worse.
"The BJP government kept mum as violence spiralled out of control".
The rape case was brought against him after an anonymous letter was sent to then-prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2002 accusing Singh of repeatedly raping the sender and several other women in the sect. "Is Haryana not a part of India?".
The Punjab & Haryana High Court was not amused.
Before that, the police used tear gas and water cannons to try and disperse mobs of Ram Rahim supporters. But the Manohar Lal Khattar government ignored the warnings.
"The Home Minister discussed the law and order situation in Haryana after the court verdict". We have beefed up security arrangements, and if a person is not able to validate the reason for his presence in the area, he could be detained by the police. Perhaps it's time for this demigod to seek redemption from God himself and also the time for his over 5 crore followers across the globe to ponder over the reasons that they followed him until now!
Singh said curfew has been lifted in three districts of the state.
The Haryana government has been directed by the High Court to make travel arrangements by air of the CBI court judge, Jagdeep Singh, and his two staff members to Rohtak on Monday.
But the curfew had little effect on the protesters, who also set fire to Malout and Balluanna railway stations in Punjab, according to the Northern Railways.
On Saturday, the headquarters witnessed a steady outflow of its followers who had been camping there in large numbers.
Yesterday, the Chief Ministers of Haryana and Punjab issued separate appeals for the maintenance of law and order and calm after followers of Ram Rahim went berserk with grief and anger over his conviction. 6 casualties are from Sirsa and 32 are from Panchkula.
Bir Kumar Yadav, BJP's Haryana spokesman, said the party had been associated with Singh only in his capacity as a social worker who had spread awareness about public sanitation and cleanliness. The conviction sparked violent protests by the guru's followers that left at least 38 people dead and hundreds injured.