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Dera Sacha Sauda holds emergency meet

chandigarh Updated: Jun 21, 2007 18:23 IST

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Alleging that "excesses" were being committed against its followers, the Dera Sacha Sauda on Thursday held an emergency meeting at its headquarters at Sirsa in Haryana to chalk out its action plan to counter the attempts to "terrorise" them.

Dera representatives and followers from different states are attending the meeting, an official of the sect told PTI.

After a court in Punjab's Bathinda on Wednesday issued a conditional arrest warrant against its chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, accused of hurting the religious sentiments of Sikhs, the Dera followers held a congregation in Sirsa and asked supporters from all the states to converge there.

The Dera is holding the meeting to take further action to counter alleged "excesses on the Dera followers by some anti-social elements," a release from the sect said in Chandigarh.

A clash had taken place between some Sikh community members and Dera supporters in a village in Sirsa on Wednesday, leading to tension.

"However, things are normal today. We have deployed additional forces and are keeping a close watch on the situation," Sirsa Deputy Commissioner V Umashankar told PTI.

He said tight security arrangements were also in place around the Dera, whose chief was recently provided with "Z plus" security cover in view of threats to his life.

The Dera chief is believed to have given a fresh letter of apology on Wednesday for his alleged blasphemous act, Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee officials claimed. The Dera, however, has not confirmed the development.