Ram Rahim Case: Death Toll Rises to 38, At least 350 Injured
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was held guilty of raping two women in 2002.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was held guilty of raping two women in 2002.(Photo: The Quint)
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Ram Rahim Case: Death Toll Rises to 38, At least 350 Injured

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Sedition, Attempt to Murder Charges Against 7 Dera Sacha Sauda Functionaries

Two key Dera functionaries have been booked for sedition on the basis of a news report, Haryana DGP B S Sandhu said on Sunday, as per a PTI report.

Addressing a press conference in Chandigarh, the top cop said the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the state police to verify the report carried by a Hindi daily regarding alleged instigation of Dera supporters by its five leaders. He said:

An FIR has been lodged in Panchkula police station following a statement by a newspaper reporter against two key functionaries of the Dera, namely Aditya Insan and Dhiman Insaan. The duo have been booked for sedition.

The development comes after sedition and attempt to murder charges were slapped against seven persons, including five Haryana police personnel, who were part of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief's security paraphernalia when he had arrived at Panchkula to appear in a CBI court on 25 August.

The seven security personnel of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had allegedly tried to free him when the self-styled godman was brought outside the Panchkula Court complex on Friday, after the special CBI court convicted him in a 15-year-old rape case, police said.

Curfew Relaxed in Sirsa From 6 AM to 11 AM

The district administration relaxed the curfew for five hours in and around Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa, after restrictions were imposed on 24 August.

Petrol pumps, shops and other commercial establishments were allowed to open in the area.

On Saturday, several Dera followers made their way out of the sprawling sect premises after police urged them to vacate the place. Around one lakh people, including women and children, were present in the sect headquarters.

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Death Toll Rises to 38

The death toll has risen from 36 to 38. Of the total, 32 are reported from Panchkula and six in Sirsa. All six deceased people from Sirsa have been identified, said Haryana DGP BS Sandhu.

Haryana DGP Assures Security for Media

Maintaining law and order will be the top priority for the Haryana police on Monday, when the quantum of Ram Rahim Singh's sentence will be announced, state DGP BS Sandhu said.

To ensure there was no repeat of violence that erupted in Panchkula last week, all routes to the Sunaria jail in Rohtak, where the self-styled godman has been lodged, have been sealed.

Mobile Internet Services to Stay Suspended Till Tuesday

Mobile internet services will remain suspended in Haryana and Punjab till Tuesday to prevent spread of rumours in view of the tense situation.

A notification to block mobile Internet services and data services had been issued earlier. Mobile internet services, which were suspended for 72 hours in Haryana, ahead of the court verdict on Friday, will continue to remain suspended till Tuesday, officials said.

Ram Rahim Now Prisoner No 1997

Maverick self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been lodged in Sunaria jail's 'approval cell' in Rohtak.

According to prison officials, the lone approval cell of the jail has a capacity of 12 prisoners, but the Dera head has been kept in "solitary confinement".

The Dera sect head, who is now prisoner number 1997, spent his first night by roaming inside the cell till midnight, they said.

On his arrival from Panchkula, Gurmeet complained of uneasiness, but a medical examination by doctors found him fit.

PM Condemns Violence by Dera Followers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today slammed the mayhem created by the Dera followers, saying violence in the name of faith won't be tolerated and asserted that the guilty would not be spared.

In his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', Modi said everybody will have to bow before the law.

At a time, when the country is in the mode of celebrating festivals, news of violence from any part is naturally a matter of concern. This is a country of Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi.This is a country of Sardar Patel, who devoted his life for the unity.

Read highlights from PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat speech here.

CCTV Footage Shows a House Vandalised in Panchkula

30 Dera Sacha Sauda Congregation Centers Sealed

More than 30 congregation centres of Dera Sacha Sauda across Haryana were sealed on Saturday, a day after its followers indulged in massive violence in Panchkula and other areas of the state.

552 Arrested in Haryana For Violence

Addressing the press on Saturday, Haryana police chief BS Sandhu said that security has been beefed up in Rohtak jail ahead of the quantum of punishment pronouncement.

Have done all preparations in Rohtak jail for the quantum of punishment.
BS Sandhu
Here are the important details from his address:
  1. Buses to ply on limited routes to and from Rohtak
  2. No report of violence in the last 24 hours
  3. 552 people have been arrested
  4. 34 cases have been registered in Haryana
  5. Ploice examining video clips of the violence

Section 144 to Continue in Delhi

The Delhi Police on Saturday said that no incident of violence due to Dera chief verdict was reported in the city. The spokesperson added that imposition of Section 144 will continue until further notice.

Death Toll Rises to 32

One more person was declared dead in Sirsa, taking the total death toll in violent protests in Panchkula to 32.

Panchkula DCP Suspended for 'Defective' Prohibitory Order

The Haryana government on Saturday suspended the DCP of Panchkula over Friday’s violence that erupted following the rape conviction of Ram Rahim.

The government alleged that a “defective” order by the DCP allowed the crowd build-up in the district, as it came under flak over not doing anything to check the violence by the Dera followers,

Vice President Naidu Condemns Attack

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday condemned Dera violence as "unacceptable".

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.

Dera Sacha Condemns Attack on Media

Chairperson of Dera Sacha Sauda Vipssana Insa said that the attack on media is condemnable, and that it was miscreants who entered the peaceful gathering who caused the violence.

Haryana Deputy AG Sacked

Haryana Deputy Attorney General Gurdass Singh Salwara was sacked for carrying Ram Rahim’s luggage, reported News18.

Speaking to News18, Haryana Attorney General Baldev Mahajan confirmed the sacking of the deputy attorney general.

He said that the attorney was once an advocate of Ram Rahim, and when the government came to know that he accompanied Rahim to the court, and further carried his luggage, he was sacked by the government.

Watch: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Addresses Media

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said that the Haryana government made a mistake by allowing people to concentrate in the region. He said that the security forces, civil services and the people of Punjab should be commended for maintaining law and order situation in the sate.

He confirmed that seven people have been declared dead from Punjab, and around 42 people from the state have been injured in the mob violence.

He added that 39 criminal cases, related to the violence, was registered by the Punjab police.

While he added that he would not like to comment about the situation in Haryana, he said that he would not let “anyone disturb peace in Punjab.”

The Punjab chief minister also condemned violence against media.

No case of Bullet Injury: CMO Cvil Hospital

17 casualties have been reported in the Civil Hospital in Panchkula and the postmortem of their bodies is underway.

Ninety people were admitted last night. There was no case of bullet injury.
Chief Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Panchkula

Judge Might Be Taken to Rohtak Jail

The judge hearing the Ram Rahim rape case might be taken to the Rohtak jail for hearing arguments and pronouncing quantum of the sentence.

Our efforts remain to make it possible through video-conference if judge is required then everything will take place in Sonaria Jail.
Haryana DGP

Punjab CM Holds High-Level Meeting

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has chaired a high-level meeting over law and order situation in the state.

Visuals of Dera Sacha Sauda Ashram in Hisar

People Injured in Panchkula Not Locals: Haryana Chief Sec

People injured in Panchkula violence on Friday were not local residents, said the Haryana Chief Secretary. He clarified that the identity of deceased was being established.

Punjab Police, Army Conduct Flag March in Punjab's Moga

5 Arrested in Sriganganagar, Rajasthan

Five people were arrested for arson in Sriganganagar, Rajasthan on Saturday as police intensify vigil.

Security Further Beefed up in Western UP

Vigil has been stepped up in western parts of Uttar Pradesh that borders Haryana and security has been further beefed up due to the ongoing operations against rioters involved in violence after arrest of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, police said on Saturday.

Since train operations have been suspended we apprehend that supporters will try to use road transport to return to their homes and hence all districts of the Meerut zone are in a state of high alert.
Anand Kumar, Additional Director General (Law and Order)

Mayawati Demands Khattar's Resignation

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BSP president Mayawati demanded the immediate resignation of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

The Khattar government should be immediately dismissed for its absolute laxity and involvement leading to large-scale violence after the conviction of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief on rape charges.
Mayawati, BSP president

Haryana Govt Suspends Panchkula DCP For 'Lapse'

Facing flak over the failure to check violence, the Haryana government on Saturday suspended the deputy commissioner of police of Panchkula, alleging that a "defective" order by him allowed the crowd build-up in the district.

Yes there was a lapse and that is why we have suspended DCP of Panchkula.
Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas

The additional chief secretary added that the prohibitory order issued by the officer only barred carrying of weapons and not a gathering of five or more persons.

An official order said that IPS officer Ashok Kumar, DCP Panchkula, has been put under suspension with immediate effect.

'Grateful to People of Punjab'

'No Plan to Go Inside The Dera': Army

The army too addressed a press conference on the Haryana violence. Congratulating the army, paramilitary forces and the police for working together, Rajpal Punia, GOC, 33 Division Hisar, clarified that the "military is not going inside Dera and there is no such plan as of now".

He also upheld maintaining law and order as the top priority.

Watch: Haryana Chief Secy Addresses Press

The Haryana chief secretary, DS Dhesi, addressed a press conference on the violence that erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa on Friday, asserting that there would be "zero tolerance towards violence" and sedition charges have been be registered against the miscreants, reported CNN-News 18.

The reports that the Army has entered Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters is false. The situation is in control. An AK-47, a Mauser gun, 2 rifles and 5 pistols have been confiscated. We have registered cases under sedition charges. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has not been extended any special treatment. 
Chief Secretary

The chief secretary also said that Ram Rahim Singh's 'Z plus' security has been withdrawn after his conviction.

BS Sandhu, DGP of Haryana, who was also present at the press conference, asserted that the police "did their best" to tackle the violent situation.

Watch: Congress Lashes Out at Haryana Govt

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi lashed out at Narendra Modi and Amit Shah during a press conference in the aftermath of the violence in Haryana.

Singhvi was quoted by CNN-News18 as saying:

...The Haryana government should be dismissed. There is failure on the part of the Centre as well. Where was the intel report? The Prime Minister is trying to save Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. We demand President’s Rule in Haryana. Where is PM Modi’s 56-inch chest now?
Abhishek Manu Singhvi

High Court Lashes Out Against Khattar Govt

The Punjab and Haryana High Court lashed out against the Manohar Lal Khattar government for its failure to handle the situation resulting from the Ram Rahim's conviction.

According to News18, the court observed:

You allowed the city to burn for political gains. It seems the government surrendered to the agitators

Rajnath Singh Reviews Security Situation

Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in north India, particularly Haryana.

Top officials, including Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain, gave detailed presentations about the situation in Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and chiefs of paramilitary personnel were also present at the meeting.

The home minister was apprised about the steps taken to maintain law and order and restore peace, said an official privy to the development.

While Panchkula and Sirsa were "very tense", the situation in the rest of the state was "tense but under control", the minister is believed to have been told.

Regarding the meeting, home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said:

Important points on internal security were discussed, one being violence post Ram Rahim’s conviction. The director general of Haryana assured that the situation is under control. The situation in Punjab, Rajashtan and Delhi is normal. 

Security Forces Enter DSS Premises in Sirsa

The army, the rapid action force and the police have entered the premises of Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Haryana's Sirsa.

Defiant followers of self- styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh are staying put at the sect headquarters, despite appeals by the Army and authorities to vacate the premises.

We will not spare those who have taken the law in their hands. We will take strict action against then.
Inspector General (Hisar) A S Dillo outside the Dera premises

Notably, the police have detained 15 Dera Sacha Sauda followers in Sirsa since Friday night.

An estimated one lakh people, including women and children, are present in the sect headquarters. The army and district authorities have been making announcements through loudspeakers, asking those inside to leave the premises.

According to media reports, there were also clashes inside the complex with people opposing the entry of the security forces and pelting stones.

It is being said that the presence of security forces at the DSS headquarterss and the action of sealing of two ashrams in Kurukshetra is to prevent any large crowds from gathering, fearing that situation might turn violent again.

CM Khattar Summoned to New Delhi: Media Reports

According to media reports, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has been summoned to New Delhi by the top leadership of the BJP.

This comes in a context where the Haryana government is facing a huge backlash after large-scale violence in Panchkula and Sirsa. Many have been calling for Khattar's resignation as Chief Minister.

Situation Under Control: Delhi Police

The Delhi police has also asserted that the situation is under control in the capital city, a day after some incidents of rioting were reported from certain areas.

Haryana Govt Orders Search of DSS Centres

According to additional chief secretary (home) Ram Niwas, a search of all 'congregation centres' of Dera Sacha Sauda in the state has been ordered.

The police has sealed the nine congregation centres of the Dera Sacha Sauda in the Kurukshetra district, evicting the followers, and seizing over 2,500 lathis and other sharp-edged weapons during a search operation

After evicting Dera followers, a large number of security personnel have been deployed outside the Dera Sacha Sauda's congregation centres to prevent any untoward incident.

"All the nine naam charcha ghars (congregation centres) in the district have been sealed and entry to these centres has been banned," Kurukshetra SP Abhishek Garg told PTI.

'No Special Treatment Being Given to Ram Rahim in Jail'

A day after Ram Rahim's conviction, KP Singh, Director General (Prisons) in Haryana said that the self-styled godman is "being treated as a normal prisoner" in Sunaria jail.

Some channels and papers are reporting on special treatment being given to Ram Rahim. I am clarifying that he is in Sunaria jail, not in a gueshouse. He is being treated like a normal prisoner. No attendant has been provided to him, and there’s no AC in the cell he is lodged in.
KP Singh, DG (Prisons) in Haryana

Western Railways Cancels 6 Trains

The Western Railways has cancelled six trains and partially cancelled two others in the wake of the law and order situation in Punjab and Haryana.

Death Toll Rises to 31

The death toll owing to the large-scale violence in Haryana has risen to 31, as one person, who was injured in Sirsa on Friday, succumbed to injuries. As of now, 28 people have died in Panchkula, the epicentre of the violence, and three have died in Sirsa.

Meanwhile, the police has asserted that the situation is under control in Sirsa, saying there has been no report of violence since Friday night in the area.

The law and order situation is under control as there has been no report of violence since last (Friday) night
Senior police officer

The Army carried out a flag march in the area on Friday night to maintain law and order.

UK, Australia Asks Its Citizens Travelling to India to Be on Alert

The UK issued a safety advisory for its citizens travelling to India, saying possibility of further serious violence may be expected after the conviction of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case.

Australia too issued a safety advisory for its citizens travelling to India.

Thousands of followers of Ram Rahim, who is the head of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, went on the rampage today, setting fire to vehicles, buildings and railway stations soon after a special CBI court convicted him in a 2002 rape case.

445 Trains Cancelled as Violence Erupts After Dera Verdict

As many as 445 trains have been cancelled due to the law and order situation in Punjab and Haryana as Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in a rape case, officials said.

"485 train services have been affected (due to the violence). Of these, 445 stood cancelled," Neeraj Sharma, spokesperson, Northern Railway, said.

The Railways said the accumulative figure for cancelled trains on six days, since August 23 till August 28, was at 445.

Malout and Balluanna railway stations in Punjab were partially burnt by angry followers of the Dera chief, officials said.

"Two stations have been affected and we are still getting inputs on the extent of damage. No injuries have been reported so far," Sharma said.

Haryana CM Admits to Lapses

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday admitted lapses in security arrangements following a verdict against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, but later said that no advance action was taken as it could have created bigger problems.

Talking to reporters on Friday evening, after around 30 people were killed in violence following the Dera Sacha Sauda chief being convicted for rape, Khattar, admitting to mistakes, said: "We are identifying the lapses."

However, in an interview to India Today TV later, he said action was not taken in advance as it could have made the situation worse.

DTC Suspends Inter-State, Night and Delhi-Lahore Bus Services

The Delhi Transport Corporation has suspended its inter-state, night and the Delhi-Lahore bus services in wake of the violence after self-style godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted in a rape case on Friday.

A DTC official said the services have been suspended also because buses were being targeted in arson and violence in Haryana, Punjab and Delhi. “The Delhi-Lahore bus service have been suspended because it passes through violence hit Haryana and Punjab,” he said.

DTC spokesperson Sanjay Saxena said the Delhi-Lahore bus services remained suspended on Friday as well. DTC’s night services– wherein around 40 buses are run from 9 PM onwards–have also been suspended, he said.

Centre Asks Haryana Govt to Ensure Security of Judge Who Convicted Dera Chief

The Centre asked the Haryana government to provide adequate security to the CBI special court judge who convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case, officials said.

The home ministry told the Haryana government that Judge Jagdeep Singh should be provided highest level of security in view of the threat perception after he delivered the verdict against the Dera head, an official said.

The home ministry will analyse intelligence inputs before deciding whether the Judge's security needs to be handled by a central force, such as the CRPF or CISF, the official said.

Premis Attempt to Set Train Coach on Fire in Ranchi

Attempts were made by Ram Rahim supporters to set a coach on fire at Ranchi railway station.

DSS Assets May be Attached to Compensate for Damage: HC

The Punjab and Haryana High Court will conduct a special session on 26 August as part of its continuing assessment of the law and order situation relating to the conviction of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim for rape and criminal intimidation.

The court conducted two sessions on 25 August, passing interim orders with the objective of helping direct efforts to maintain peace in Panchkula, the location of the special CBI court which had been hearing the case against the Dera Sacha Sauda leader, and other parts of Punjab and Haryana.

Media organisations incorrectly reported that the High Court had already ordered the attachment of Dera Sacha Sauda properties.

The High Court only pointed out that the organisation’s assets and properties may be attached to compensate for the damage caused by the rioters and protesters if they are found to have been responsible for inciting violence.

Also Read: Punjab & Haryana HC May Attach Dera Properties as Compensation

Section 144 in Nainital

Section 144 has been imposed in Uttarakhand's Nainital.

Rahul Gandhi Condemn Violence

Panchkula Peaceful at the Moment: Haryana DGP

Haryana police chief BS Sandhu said 550 people have been rounded up and some arms and ammunition recovered after the violence in Panchkula in the wake of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh being convicted in a rape case.

He said curfew, which was clamped in Panchkula in the evening, has been lifted but certain restrictions are still in place.

Three rifles, three pistols along with live cartridges and narcotics have been recovered and 65 Dera vehicles have been impounded.
Haryana DGP BS Sandhu

He said that the godman was taken to Rohtak as it would be difficult to tackle the followers in Ambala.

It would have been very difficult to take Ram Rahim Singh to Ambala jail as Dera followers were there on the way. So as a strategy, we took him to Rohtak.

An Untimely Action Could Worsen the Situation: Khattar

Speaking to India Today, in an interview, Haryana CM, Manohar Lal Khattar said that all possible measures were taken to keep the violence in check.

We deployed whatever forces were available. We also rounded up 700 people and seized some weapons from them. Even the police had to fire shots too, and people died too.
Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana CM

He said his government appealed to the supporters to not resort to violence.

Yesterday the police tried to disperse them and many of them went back too. We felt an untimely action could have worsened the situation. All the shots that have been fired could have been fired two days back, but that could deteriorate the situation. It’s upsetting that some people died, they shouldn’t have.
Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana CM

Watch: Ram Rahim Taken to a Makeshift Jail

DTC Suspends All Bus Services

The Delhi Transport Corporation has suspended all bus services to NCR due to incidents of arson following Ram Rahim’s rape conviction.

Smriti Irani Condemns Violence

6 Commandos of Ram Rahim Singh Arrested in Chandigarh

Six private commandos of Ram Rahim Singh were arrested by Chandigarh Police, weapons and petrol cans were also seized from them.

Also Read: Who is Gurmeet Ram Rahim - Rockstar, Godman and Now Rape Convict?

Instances of Violence Deeply Distressing: PM Modi

Also Read: Politicians React to Violence After Ram Rahim Singh’s Conviction

Ram Rahim's Z Security Withdrawn

Following Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s conviction, Z category security which was earlier provided to him was withdrawn, The Indian Express reported.

30 Reported Dead

30 people have reportedly lost their lives in the violence that erupted after Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of rape.

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar had earlier confirmed that 29 people lost their lives and 200 were injured. He also visited the injured in the hospital.

Also Read: Beyond ‘Love Charger’: How India’s Babas Seduce the Vulnerable

Section 144 Imposed in 11 Districts of Delhi

Section 144 has been imposed in 11 districts of Delhi including New Delhi till 8 September.

Ghaziabad District Magistrate directed all schools in the region to remain closed tomorrow. A curfew has been imposed in Sangrur and Moga areas of Punjab.

Also Read: What Happens Next to Gurmeet Ram Rahim & the Dera Sacha Sauda?

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj Quick to Defend Pitaji

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj jumped to Gurmeet Singh’s defence. He even called the godman who has been convicted of rape to be a “noble soul”.

One person alleging sexual exploitation but crores stand with him today,why those crores of people are not being heard? If even bigger incidents take place, court will also be responsible not just Dera people. It’s a conspiracy to defame Bharatiya sanskriti.

Quantum of Punishment Will Take Place Through Video-Conferencing

The hearing for deciding the quantum of punishment to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, convicted in a rape case by a CBI court in Panchkula today, will take place through video-conferencing on August 28.

Was Part of Mob Violence: Dera Follower Tells The Quint

250 Rohtak-Bound Trains Cancels

“Almost 250 trains have been cancelled. All trains going towards Rohtak have been cancelled for tomorrow,” Neeraj Sharma, CPRO, Northern Railway said

People Came With Bullet Injuries: Hospital Authories

PGI hospital PRO Ms Manju Wadwalkar told The Quint that seven dead bodies and 49 injured were brought to the hospital. Without specifying into details, she said that a few people who were brought to the hospital received bullet injuries.

She will confirm cause of death and names of people by 9 pm.

Prez Kovind Appeals for Peace

No One is Above Law: Manohar Lal Khattar

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Section 144 in Parts of UP

There have been reports of Section 144 being imposed in Noida in light of violence that has followed RamRahimSingh conviction. Additionally, section 144 has been imposed Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar and Baghpat, in view of violent protests in Punjab and Haryana

The SSP of Noida said:

No violence was reported in Noida; we are on alert, the situation is under control.

Delhi Metro Station Alerted

Delhi Metro stations have been alerted. Vigil intensified at stations along UP, Haryana borders.

Three Miscreants Arrested

Addressing a press conference, the DGP of Delhi said that three miscreants were arrested. He also said that no gathering were reported anywhere in Delhi.

No gathering anywhere. Law and order situation is normal. Delhi police forces have been mobilized. Small incidents have occurred in Delhi, which have been taken under control. We have mobilized district forces and central forces to patrol the streets overnight. There will be additional arrangements tomorrow. Three miscreants have been arrested.

1000 DSS Supporters Detained

1000 supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda have been detained in Panchkula, Haryana’s ADGP (Law & Order), Muhammad Akil said.

Ram Rahim in Sunaria

Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Ram Rahim Singh has reached Rohtak's Police Training College in Sunaria. He was flown in a helicopter.

Punjab & Haryana Govts to Submit Reports to HC

Punjab and Haryana governments to submit report to High Court by 11 am on Saturday.

Death Toll Rises to 17

At least 17 people are dead as violence breaks out after Ram Rahim Singh was convicted. Two hundred others were injured in the violence.

However, the Haryana DGP said that the violence is under control. “The situation is now under control, protesters have been dispersed,” ANI quoted Haryana DGP BS Sandhu as saying.

DSS Spokesperson Appeals for Peace

The spokesperson of Dera Sacha Sauda, Dilawar Insan appealed to the DSS supporters to maintain peace.

Dera Sacha Sauda manavta bhalai ke liye hai, sabhi shanti banaye rakhein. Hamare saath anyay hua hai, hum iski appeal karenge. Hamare saath wahi hua hai jo itihaas mein guruon ke saath hua. (Dera Sacha Sauda believes in good and humanity, please maintain peace. We have been wronged, we will appeal against this verdict. What happened to us has happened to all gurus in history)

Security Heightened in Delhi

Security at Delhi BJP HQ increased post violence at various places after Ram Rahim Singh's conviction.

Two Buses Torched in Delhi

Violence has been reported in Delhi as two buses were set ablaze on Mandoli flyover in Delhi's Nand Nagri.

(Photo: ANI)
(Photo: ANI)

Watch: Violence Breaks Down At Loni Road

Three Cases of Self Immolation

Three death in Panchkula are cases of self-immolation, Haryana CM’s OSD, Bhupeshwar Dayal confirmed to The Quint.

WATCH: Media Van Being Toppled in Panchkula

Violence Spreads into Delhi

Two coaches of Reva Express has been set afire at Anand Vihar Railway Station in Delhi, Northern Railway Spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said. A DTC bus was also set ablaze in Ghaziabad's Loni district.

Security tightened at railway stations in Delhi post rape conviction of Dera Chief Ram rahim Singh, said Neeraj Sharma, Northern Railway to NewsX.

Kejriwal Urges People to Stay Calm

Curfew in Parts of Haryana and Punjab

A curfew has been imposed in Patiala, Panchkula, Sirsa, Bhatinda, Ferozpur, Sirsa and Mansa, following the conviction of Dera Sacha chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

HM Monitoring the Situation

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that he was monitoring the situation on ground closely. He reportedly reached North Block straight on arrival from Kyrgyzstan. He told The Hindu that he has asked the concerned agencies to keep a watch.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that strict action will be taken on those trying to disrupt peace.

Panchkula Set Ablaze as Dera Supporters Run Amok

6 Army Columns Deployed in Panchkula

6 Army columns deployed in Panchkula post conviction of Dera Chief Ram Rahim Singh.

A total of 50 companies of Security forces have been deployed in Panchkula and Chandigarh. Of them, 30 companies belong to CRPF.

Capt Amarinder Briefs Rajnath Singh

Home secretary Rajiv Maharishi and the IB chief are meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him about the escalating violence in Panchkula, sources told The Quint.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh briefed Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the situation in Punjab and Haryana.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is currently holding a meeting with top officials.

CISF Force Deployed Around Rohtak Jail

Central Industrial Security Force personnel have been deployed within one km radius of Rohtak's Sunariya Jail.

11 Reportedly Dead

At least 11 people were dead, as per a CNN News18 report. PTI has confirmed the death of five people in Panchkula.

Watch: Dera Sacha Supporters Speak to The Quint

Delhi on High Alert

Delhi borders have been alerted as Dera supporters went on a rampage in Haryana. Uttar Pradesh has sealed its border with Haryana.

At least 38 people have reportedly died in violence that broke out following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan in a 2002 rape case by the CBI court in Panchkula.

At least 250 people have been injured in the violent clashes, which saw police personnel resorting to tear gas to control the mob. A curfew was imposed in Patiala, Panchkula, Sirsa, Bhatinda, Ferozpur, Sirsa, Mansa, Muzaffarnagar and Baghpat.

10 Injured in Panchkula

10 people were injured in violent protests and shifted to a hospital in Sector 6 Panchkula.

Three Dera Supporters Reportedly Dead

Three Dera supporters died in the violence that erupted in the aftermath of the Ram Rahim verdict, India Today reported. The supporters set a two-wheeler belonging to a Hindustan Times journalist on fire. They were also seen attacking a car belonging to India Today journalists, leaving the cameraman injured.

Railway Station, Petrol Pump Set on Fire

Malout Railway Station and petrol pump have been reportedly set on fire by protesters in Punjab. Similar incidents were also reported in Bathinda.

What Can Ram Rahim Do Now

If Rahim has been convicted only in the rape case, he will face rigorous imprisonment of not less than seven years, and a fine. Since section 376 is a non-bailable offence, there can be no bail for Rahim and he will go to jail. He can now appeal to the Chandigarh court on Monday.

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Punjab CM Appeals for Peace

In the midst of chaos, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appealed to Dera supporters to maintain peace.

I appeal to all Punjabis to maintain peace & harmony in state. Won’t allow anyone to disturb peace and tranquility.

Blank Shots Heard

Police resort to using tear gas shells to handle growing mobs in Panchkula, fire blank shots. Three OB vans were attacked by Dera supporters. Water cannons have been fired. The security forces have also resorted to lathi charges.

NDTV’s OB engineer was left bleeding after Dera . News18 crew was also attacked. Republic TV’s OB van was set ablaze.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Held Guilty of Rape

The CBI court in Panchkula has convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim supporters in the 2002 rape case. The quantum of sentence to be pronounced on August 28.

Tear gas shells has been put on standby. Riot control vehicle have also been readied in the anticipation of a riot-like situation. Moroever, there has been a power cut across Haryana after the verdict got pronounced.

I Appeal to the People to Remain Calm: Haryana CM

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has appealed to the people, especially Dera followers, to remain calm.

Whatever is the verdict, we will implement it. The government is ready to deal with any circumstances and the security arrangements are in place.

Section 144 Imposed in Rajasthan's Sri Ganganagar, Hanumangarh

Ahead of the verdict, Section 144 has been imposed in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar and Hanumangarh. Internet services were also suspended in Sri Ganganagar for 48 hours.

Ram Rahim Reaches Court for Rape Trial

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh reached the Punjab and Haryana Court in Panchkula. According to reports, Singh entered the court premises via a special entrance. Only two cars of his convoy were allowed to enter the premises.

Use Force If Needed: HC Tells Haryana Govt

Punjab and Haryana High Court have directed the Haryana government to “use force if needed”.

While taking stock of the situation, it also asked the state to file FIRs against leaders if they make any provocative statements.

The Quint Reports From Panchkula Ahead of Verdict

Ram Rahim Leaves For Panchkula

Self-styled godman and DSS chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has left Sirsa, in a 200-car motorcade, for Panchkula, where he is scheduled to appear for his rape trial at 2 pm today.

Army Arrives in Panchkula

Army columns arrived in Panchkula past midnight as scores of Dera followers gathered in the town ahead of the verdict.

The Haryana Police, assisted by central forces, were involved in an operation to flush out scores of Dera followers even as the sect head made a video appeal to his followers to go back home.

The Army was deployed in Panchkula on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, officials said.

MSG Appeals to Followers to Go Back

As thousands of Dera followers poured into Panchkula ahead of the verdict, Gurmeet Ram Rahim released a video, asking his followers to go back home.

All those Dera followers who have gone to Panchkula, please go home... We need to respect the law and maintain peace.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim, in a video

Ignoring appeals from the administration and their sect head, a large number of followers continued to stay put in Panchkula on Friday giving a tough time to authorities.

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  • Sedition, attempt to murder charges against 7 Dera Sacha Sauda functionaries
  • At least 36 people were killed and 250 others were injured in the violence that erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa
  • Haryana HC has slammed the Khattar government for letting “Panchkula burn for political gain”
  • Army denied plans to enter Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa
  • Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was held guilty of raping two women in 2002
  • Quantum of sentence to be pronounced on 28 August
  • Judge to be taken to Rohtak jail on Monday for pronouncement of quantum

Have Always Obeyed the Law: Ram Rahim

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has confirmed that he will appear in court on Friday for the hearing. I have always obeyed the law, he said, appealing for peace.

Verdict in Sexual Exploitation Case on 25 August

Ahead of the CBI court’s verdict on self-appointed spiritual leader and Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a sexual exploitation case on 25 August, the states of Haryana and Punjab have been put on high alert.

The case pertains to 2002, when the CBI booked Ram Rahim for allegedly raping two female followers after a woman wrote to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, accusing the Dera head of rape.

Also Read: In Pics: Ram Rahim Followers Throng Panchkula – 40,000 & Counting

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