Gurmeet Ram Rahim Rape Case Verdict: Major Loss due this Verdict
The Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, called a high-level meeting at his residence to talk and review the situation in Punjab and Haryana post yesterday’s dreadful violence. NSA Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain, and Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi were also present at the meeting.
The ‘Z-plus’ security cover was withdrawn from the Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim after his conviction in a rape case, said the Haryana Chief Secretary D S Dhesi. He also denied all the rumors of Dera chief enjoying special treatment in a Rohtak jail after being convicted in a 15-year old rape case by a CBI special court in Panchkula yesterday.
After a choke-full violence erupted over the conviction of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case, the authorities in Punjab laid-back curfew in Bathinda, Patiala and Ferozpur towns for four hours. In Kaithal town of Haryana, curfew was composed as well.
Indian Army along with the police and paramilitary forces have raised barriers at every entry point of the Dera premises, where tens of thousands of Dera followers (including Women and Children), not leaving despite the appeal of the authorities.
Taking the total death toll to 31 following the violence erupted after Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s conviction in a rape case; three people have died in Sirsa in total. One among injured in Sirsa yesterday succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.
Two ashrams of Dera Sacha Sauda have been sealed in Haryana’s Kurukshetra by the district administration and police.
The prison authorities clearly rejected the reports of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim getting special treatment in Rohtak’s Sunariya Jail. The DG Prisons (Haryana), KP Singh, said, “Some channels and papers are reporting on special treatment to Ram Rahim. I clarify he is in Sunaria Jail, not in a guesthouse. Ram Rahim Singh is being treated as any normal prisoner. No attendant has been provided and there’s no AC in the cell he is lodged in.”
On the whole, 661 Haryana-Punjab bound trains were affected in the last five days; with 58 trains diverted or short terminated and 309 express trains were being canceled.
The day after a huge violence and rioting, it killed 31 people dead and property worth crores damaged by the mad supporters of Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim. The Haryana Police, on the other hand, cleared that they’ll not bring the jailed spiritual guru to Panchkula for the sentencing on Monday.
The ANI news agency reports that Deputy Advocate General Gurdass Singh Salwara has been sacked for reportedly carrying Ram Rahim’s luggage.
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, said that no death reports were reported in Punjab and everything was peaceful here. He also said that there was no firing or lathicharge.
Even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not spared as the enraged court today criticized the Haryana and the Central government over the bloody violence by the Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s followers over his rape conviction. “He is the Prime Minister of not the BJP but of India,” said the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The police said that fifteen Dera supporters have been arrested since last night. The Dera centers in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal, and Panchkula had been sealed.
The utmost blame is going to the Haryana Government and has been criticized for not managing the situation smartly, despite many warnings by the court. The Khattar government has also been criticized for allowing no less than 1.5 lakh followers of Dera Sacha Sauda to get together at Panchkula and several other cities ahead of the judgment.
Just after a day when 31 people died and more than 250 injured in the deadly violence by the Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s followers, the Haryana government was slammed by the High Court, which said, “You let a city like Panchkula burn over political motives.”
According to the officials, the central government has asked the Haryana government to provide sufficient security to the CBI special court judge who convicted the Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case. They also added that the home ministry will analyze intelligence inputs before deciding if the Judge’s security needs to be handled by central force or not.
“Just been briefed by DGP, situation peaceful, curfew lifted in 3 districts, relaxed in all others this morning. State on alert for 48 hrs,” said the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
The Home Ministry said: “Situation in Panchkula, Sirsa very tense but under control”.