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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Case LIVE: Army Says No Plan Yet to Enter Dera Sacha Sauda Headquarters in Sirsa

News18.com | August 26, 2017, 9:23 PM IST
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Addressing media, Haryana DGP BS Sandhu on Saturday said the death toll in violence in Panchkula and Sirsa has risen to 36.

Earlier in the day, Haryana Deputy Advocate General was sacked from his position after a video showing him assist Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in carrying his bag surfaced. Speaking to CNN-News18, Haryana A-G Baldev Mahajan confirmed that the deputy A-G has been sacked and said he had recommended the termination on seeing the video.
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Aug 26, 2017 9:23 pm (IST)

The Himachal Road Transport Corporation today resumed its inter-state bus services to Delhi, Chandigarh and Dehradun, which remained suspended since August 24 in view of the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh case. Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister G S Bali said in Dharamsala, "Initially, half of the buses will resume services tonight. If the situation remains normal, the rest of the services will be resumed tomorrow."

Aug 26, 2017 8:52 pm (IST)

Ruling BJD in Odisha on Saturday demanded resignation of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, charging him with being responsible for the violence that erupted following the rape conviction of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Friday. "Haryana Chief Minister Mr Khattar is fully responsible for the violence and must step down," BJD spokesman PK Deb said. "The chief minister of Haryana should take moral responsibility and step down in view of the killing of 30 people in the violence," said Deb, also an MP.

Aug 26, 2017 8:51 pm (IST)
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Aug 26, 2017 7:39 pm (IST)

Haryana DGP BS Sandhu said that 30 people died in the violent protests in Panchkula and six died in Sirsa, which houses the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters. During the evacuation from Ram Rahim’s ashrams, police found that the supporters had stockpiled arms for the protest. One supporter was caught with an AK-47 rifle, he said. 

Aug 26, 2017 7:38 pm (IST)

Haryana DGP BS Sandhu said that the situation in the state is now under control and there has been no new report of violence in the last 24 hours. He said that the police has begun the crackdown on the culprits and 34 cases have been registered so far and 552 people have been arrested for the violence. The police is going through the video clippings to identify more culprits, he said.  

Aug 26, 2017 7:13 pm (IST)

Giving more details about the security arrangement in Rohtak, Deputy Commissioner Atul Kumar said as many as 10 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed and 18 columns of the Army have been requisitioned for the flag march. A paramilitary company comprises around 100 troops, while an Army column consists of 80-100 soldiers. Check posts have been set up at borders of the district and duty magistrate has also been deputed, he said. "People do not have any reason to be afraid as stringent security measures have been taken," he said.

Aug 26, 2017 6:58 pm (IST)

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has expressed surprise over 'non-adherence' of court orders by the BJP government in Haryana and sought the Centre's intervention to check violence there and in nearby states after conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda Chief in a rape case. "Our (AAP) stand is that the court orders should be followed. I am surprised why it has not been done (by the ML Khattar government in Haryana)" he told reporters here. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has said that losses caused to property due to violence and arson by followers of Ram Rahim Singh would be recovered from Dera Sacha Sauda.

Aug 26, 2017 6:51 pm (IST)

The violence after the conviction of the godman seems to have claimed another casualty – the Delhi Book Fair that started on Saturday. The 23rd edition of the fair appears to have all the makings of a failed show with chirpings of "scanty footfall" owing to people avoiding getting caught in the violence. Ruchi, a regular visitor to book fairs, turned up at the venue sans company because her friends could not risk travelling all the way from Gurgaon. "Many of my friends were not allowed to come here. Since I am putting up in Karol Bagh, I didn't face much restriction from my parents.

Aug 26, 2017 6:46 pm (IST)
Aug 26, 2017 6:38 pm (IST)

Ahead of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s prison sentencing on Monday, 10 companies of paramilitary troops are being sent to Rohtak. Sources in the administration said that a flag march will be held in the district at 10pm on Saturday. The Army has also been kept on standby and will arrive in Rohtak on Sunday. Army says it will only intervene, if and when the routine sources get exhausted.             

Aug 26, 2017 6:23 pm (IST)

AIDWA seeks security for complainants in Dera chief case

The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has demanded that security be provided to the two original complainants in the case against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, who was convicted of rape by a CBI court. The AIDWA, in a press statement, said that in the wake of the wide-spread violence in Punjab and Haryana, the two women should be given adequate security. "Both the Centre and the Haryana government have failed miserably in anticipating the violence and in maintaining law and order. AIDWA appeals to all for immediate restoration of peace," the statement said.

Aug 26, 2017 6:12 pm (IST)

AIDWA seeks security for complainants in Dera chief case

The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has demanded that security be provided to the two original complainants in the case against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, who was convicted of rape by a CBI court. The AIDWA, in a press statement, said that in the wake of the wide-spread violence in Punjab and Haryana, the two women should be given adequate security. "Both the Centre and the Haryana government have failed miserably in anticipating the violence and in maintaining law and order. AIDWA appeals to all for immediate restoration of peace," the statement said.

Aug 26, 2017 5:52 pm (IST)

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has condemned as "unacceptable", the large-scale violence in Punjab and Haryana triggered by the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case. He also said "some people" incited violence in the name of religion, language or region and the challenge to rid the country of discrimination and inequalities remained. "Some people incite violence in the name of caste, religion, language and region. They provoke people into acts of violence. Such acts are not acceptable in a democracy," Naidu noted, referring to the widespread violence that led to the death of over 30 people in Haryana.

Aug 26, 2017 5:46 pm (IST)

Vipssana Insan, chairperson of the Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa, has finally offered an apology for the violence and urged Dera Sacha Sauda followers to keep the peace. 

Aug 26, 2017 5:43 pm (IST)

A flag march will be conducted by paramilitary forces in Rohtak at 10 PM today, sources in the Rohtak administration have told News18.  

Aug 26, 2017 5:39 pm (IST)

The step to fly CBI court judge Jagdeep Singh to the Rohtak jail has been taken keeping in mind the security situation in Panchkula, officials said. On Friday,  Ram Rahim was also flown to the jail in a private chopper even as violence, arson and rioting swept through Haryana and left 32 people dead and property worth crores damaged. Here is the order copy that says the quantum of sentencing will be announced iin the Rohtak jail:   

Aug 26, 2017 5:34 pm (IST)

CBI judge to be flown to Rohtak jail

The CBI judge who pronounced Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty in a rape case on Friday will be flown to the Sunaria jail in Rohtak for the quantum of sentencing. The government has been told to make all security arrangements at the jail to ensure there is no repeat of violence. Earlier, the authorities had planned to conduct the sentencing via video-conferencing. 

Aug 26, 2017 5:23 pm (IST)
Aug 26, 2017 5:20 pm (IST)

Speaking to CNN-News18, Haryana A-G Baldev Mahajan confirmed that the deputy A-G has been sacked and said he had recommended the termination on seeing the video. He said that the deputy A-G had accompanied the convicted godman after claiming to be his relative. The law officer was in his uniform when he picked Ram Rahim Singh’s bags. Mahajan, however, claimed that had the deputy A-G been in plainclothes, it would not have amounted to impropriety. 

Aug 26, 2017 5:15 pm (IST)

Haryana Deputy AG Sacked for Carrying Godman's Bag

Aug 26, 2017 5:11 pm (IST)

The Haryana deputy AG’s act of assisting the rapist godman has left the Haryana government, which is already facing flak for its mishandling of the situation, completely red-faced. Ram Rahim has been given full VIP treatment at the Rohtak jail - from arranging a special helicopter to providing an air-conditioned room and helping in using facilities meant for police officers, the Khattar government is extending all help to the lawfully disgraced Dera chief. A woman, Honeypreet, said to be the Dera Sacha Sauda chief's adopted daughter, was allowed to accompany him along with bags and suitcases.

Aug 26, 2017 5:01 pm (IST)

Breaking: The Deputy Haryana Advocate General has been sacked for carrying the luggage of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted of raping two of his followers on Friday.  

Aug 26, 2017 4:56 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Haryana BJP in Charge Defends Khattar, Says Violence was Controlled in 3 Hours

Haryana BJP in charge, Anil Jain, said that while the loss of life during the protests was sad, the Haryana government was efficient in its response and was able to arrest the violence within three hours of it breaking out.

Aug 26, 2017 4:52 pm (IST)

The BJP, meanwhile, has started mounting a defence for under fire Haryana CM Monahor Lal Khattar, with the party’s Haryana in charge, Anil Jain, saying that while the loss of life during the protests was sad, the Haryana government was efficient in its response and was able to arrest the violence within three hours of it breaking out.  

Aug 26, 2017 4:48 pm (IST)

In a series of tweets, Amarinder Singh also said that he had spoken to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him of the situation. He said the situation is peaceful in Punjab and curfew has been lifted from three districts, but the state will remain on alert for 48 hours. 

Aug 26, 2017 4:40 pm (IST)

Amarinder Singh continued the verbal assault on Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and asked him why he let mobs assemble in Panchkula ahead of the hearing. Singh said the Haryana government never asked him to stop vehicles from Punjab from entering Panchkula. He said the Punjab government was well prepared and ensured there was no violence in the state. “There was no firing, no violence and no deaths in Punjab,” he said.   

Aug 26, 2017 4:33 pm (IST)

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh briefed the media on Saturday and said the state government was prepared well in advance for any violence by the Dera supporters. He said the DGP and his team had maintained the law and order well and said there were 52 minor incidents of vandalism reported in the state. Singh said that seven of those killed in the violence in Panchkula on Friday were from Punjab, and 42 people have been injured in the state. He also said that internet services will remain suspended till Monday and a final decision on transport services will be taken after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s sentencing. 

Aug 26, 2017 3:17 pm (IST)

PTI is reporting that 5 people have been arrested for arson in Sri Ganganagar, which also has a Dera Sacha Sauda ashram. Meanwhile, the police have intensified their vigil in and around the area.

Aug 26, 2017 3:07 pm (IST)

After Dera Sacha Sauda followers indulged in large-scale violence on Friday following their leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's conviction in a rape case, the Haryana Police on Saturday said the jailed godman will not be brought to Panchkula for the sentencing on Monday. CBI court judge Jagdeep Singh while convicting the Dera chief in the 2002 rape case and sexual exploitation of two female disciples, said the quantum of punishment for the 50-year-old sect leader would be handed out on August 28.

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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Case LIVE: Army Says No Plan Yet to Enter Dera Sacha Sauda Headquarters in Sirsa
Army and paramilitary personnel march to Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa on Saturday morning.

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