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Highlights | Two days after Ram Rahim rape verdict: 12 dera followers booked for sedition; Punjab CM assures of peace

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday assured of peace in the violence-hit areas of the state while adding that the curfew will continue.

punjab Updated: Aug 27, 2017 18:27 IST
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Army conducing flag march in Sirsa on August 26.(HT Photo)

After the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of rape, police have sealed his properties in various parts of Haryana and seized weapons and combustible materials. Affected areas in Haryana and Punjab on Sunday morning were peaceful as security forces remained on high alert, officials said. Curfew was withdrawn in Panchkula.

Here are the other highlights of the day:

4:32 pm: Services of bulk messages and mobile internet suspended in Kaithal, ahead of sentencing of Dera chief Ram Rahim Singh on Monday.

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4:21 pm: Schools, colleges, educational institutions in Panchkula, Rohtak, Kaithal and Ambala to remain closed on Monday.

3:42 pm : 12 dera followers booked for sedition in Panipat, arrested

The Panipat police on Sunday booked twelve people on sedition charges for allegedly giving provocative speeches and instigating followers of the dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The accused, identified as Munish Insa, Boby Insa, Subhash Kumar Insa, Bhupendra Insa, Jitendra, Suresh and a woman Bunty from Samalkha of Panipat, have been already arrested. The police said the accused have been booked under sections 124-A, (sedition), 144 (joining unlawful assembly with weapon), 153-A (to provoke with intent to cause riot), 149, 506 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code.

Police sources said they have arrested all eight, including the girl whose video had gone viral on the social media making anti-national comments during a meeting of Dera followers on August 20 at Panipat. Panipat DSP Atma Ram said they held a meeting on August 20 and police had accessed the video in which they made anti-national comments.

3:41 pm: Train operations in Punjab and Haryana, severely affected by violence in two states, have been restored, except in the Delhi-Rohtak-Bathinda section, a railway ministry statement said on Sunday. The security clearance for the section is awaited from state authorities, it said.

Twenty five train services which were halted due to issues of rake balancing and availability had not been restored. The railway also asked passengers to check the railway’s online or telephonic enquiry facilities to find about train’s status.

3:11 pm: Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday assured of peace in the violence-hit areas of the state while adding that the curfew will continue.

“We understand the safety of the people of Punjab. The arrangements were made before hand. There is peace in our state since the court had convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim. Now, along with the Haryana DGP, we are going towards southern Punjab, where Dera Sacha Sauda supporters have a greater hold, to check if everything is all right there. The curfew will continue and any decision on relaxation or lifting it will be taken only after reviewing the situation,” Amarinder Singh told ANI.

3:09 pm: No relaxation in curfew on Sunday. It will be imposed throughout the day: Sirsa deputy commissioner Prabhjot Singh to ANI

1:56 pm: Police have identified 20 of the 38 dera followers who died in Panchkula and Sirsa. 13 are from Haryana, 7 from Punjab

1:52 pm: Mobile internet and data services will remain suspended in Punjab and Haryana for another 48 hours. “The mobile internet and data services will remain suspended in both Punjab and Haryana till 11 am on August 29,” Haryana additional chief secretary, home, Ram Niwas told Hindustan Times.

He said the administration has decided to suspend broadband services also in Sirsa where the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarter is located.

12:50 pm: Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar should resign taking responsibility for the violence, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra said on Sunday.

12:17 pm: A 35-year-old cameraman of a news channel attacked allegedly by followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh after he tried to enter the campus of the sect.

11:35 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemns Dera violence. “The entire country is in sorrow due to the violence. I want to make it clear that no one has the right to violate law and order in the name of faith,” the Prime Minister said, without categorically mentioning the Friday violence after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

11:26 am: Curfew reimposed in Sirsa, reports ANI

11:12 am: During festival time when reports of violence come, it is natural to get concerned: PM Narendra Modi in Mann Ki Baat

11:07 am: Trains affected due to law and order situation in Haryana and Punjab resumed after receiving security clearance from authorities, the Railways said on Sunday. “All the trains on Delhi-Jammu, Delhi-Amritsar, Delhi-Chandigarh, Moradabad-Saharanpur-Ambala sections have been resumed with immediate effect,” Northern Railway’s spokesman Neeraj Sharma said. However, security clearance for Delhi-Rohtak-Bathinda section is still awaited and 25 trains are yet to be resumed, he said.

11:00 am: Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to visit to Mansa, Bhatinda to take stock of the situation.

10:40 am: Mediaperson beaten up,vehicle vandalised in Sirsa: ANI

10:32 am: Affected areas in Haryana and Punjab on Sunday morning were peaceful as security forces remained on high alert, officials said. Curfew was withdrawn in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, which saw the maximum violence on Friday.

10:21 am: Curfew withdrawn in Kaithal town of Haryana.

10:13 am: The death toll in the violence has risen to 36. (IANS)

9:56 am: RamRahim’s bodyguards wanted to take him in his car,but as he was convicted, we said he will be taken in police car: Haryana DGP

9:40 am : The district administration has relaxed the curfew for five hours in and around Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters here, after restrictions were imposed on August 24. Petrol pumps, shops and other commercial establishments were allowed to open in the area.

“I was not able to purchase essential items for my household since Thursday night due to imposition of curfew. I will buy sufficient stock of such items,” Surender Soni, a resident of Begu area near Dera headquarters said.

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed here on Thursday in view of the rape case judgement against sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

First Published: Aug 27, 2017 09:39 IST