BJD demands Haryana CM Khattar's resignation over Dera issue

Elias Hubbard
August 27, 2017

Army units patrolled several places across Haryana and Punjab that were affected in the Friday mayhem that left over 250 sect followers injured.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor onFriday said Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar should be sacked for his government's "complete failure" in controlling the violence following Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's conviction in a rape case.

As many as 34 cases have been registered till now by the police in the entire episode and 524 people have been arrested. The court ordered the Haryana government to make arrangements for the special CBI judge to be flown to the Rohtak district jail, where Gurmeet is lodged, for pronouncing the the quantum of sentence on Monday. Security stepped up after violent protests by Dera followers in the state.

A spokesman for the northern division of Indian Railways said 340 trains have been cancelled on Saturday as a precaution.

Singh is also under investigation over allegations that he convinced 400 of his male followers to undergo castration. The State administration had taken every possible step to prevent any situation challenging the law and order of Haryana, but the as expected verdict infuriated Rahim's followers and violence broke out in the state within minutes of the announcement.

"Dera Sacha Sauda's "Charcha Ghar" situated in Gurgaon is being monitored by the SDM concerned", he said. "Some miscreants entered the crowd", he said.

- Curfew has been imposed in Sangrur, Moga and Patiala district of Punjab. To say that the Prime Minister was unhappy with Khattar is misplaced, the BJP leader also informed.

Singh, whose verified Twitter profile calls him a saint, philanthropist, sportsman, actor, singer, movie director, writer, lyricists, and autobiographer, has been photographed with senior BJP leaders including Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

In the morning, Khattar had appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace and harmony not allow themselves to be misled by rumours. The issue could be discussed only after the situation normalises in the state, they said.

Adding that the government will assess the damage, Khattar said, "All those who have taken law into their hands will be punished".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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