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Situation in Punjab peaceful: Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh

Situation in Punjab peaceful: Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh

| | 26 Aug 2017, 06:25 pm
New Delhi/Chandigarh, Aug 26 (IBNS): Situation in Punjab, a day after parts of the state and neighbouring Haryana witnessed violence over the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case, is peaceful, officials said.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh thanked people for maintaining peace in the state.

Singh said curfew has been lifted in three districts of the state.

"Just been briefed by DGP, situation peaceful, curfew lifted in 3 districts, relaxed in all others this morning. State on alert for 48 hrs," the Chief Minister tweeted.

"Grateful to people of Punjab for maintaining peace. All steps being taken to ensure law & order not disturbed at any cost," he said.

Supporters Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh went on a rampage in Haryana's Panchkula city on Friday following the conviction of the self-styled spiritual leader.

From attacking police, journalists and even destroying vehicles, the followers disrupted normal life in the city for several hours.

The media report said there has been no further escalation of violence after Panchkula and Sirsa witnessed a riot which occurred immediately after Ram Rahim was convicted on Friday.

While 28 Dera followers died in Panchkula, three lost their lives in Dera headquarters Sirsa.

Col. Abhimanya Shekhawat, Commanding Officer in Sirsa, told NDTV: "Situation is better and improving. Army is doing flag march."

Curfew is still underway in both Panchkula and Sirsa.

On the other hand, Ram Rahim, who was arrested a day ago, has been kept in Rohtak jail. Several news channels shown last night how the self declared spiritual leader was getting the VVIP treatment.

In the footage, Ram Rahim was seen not to wear the prison clothes.

Ram Rahim has been convicted by the court for raping two women followers in 2002. He will be sentenced on Monday.

Ram Rahim might face a jail term up to seven years or life imprisonment.

Following the conviction, the self-styled spiritual leader was flown out of Panchkula in a government helicopter to a makeshift jail in Rohtak.

In order to gain control over the incident, the army was called in to Panchkula, on the outskirts of Chandigarh where violence broke out immediately after the conviction.

Before that, the police used tear gas and water cannons to try and disperse mobs of Ram Rahim supporters.

However, their efforts went in vain as they were outnumbered near the courthouse.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar have urged people in the states to maintain peace.

They briefed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the incident as  'deeply distressing'.

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