Chief Minister Manohar Khattar appeared to shield the followers of the spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim from blame for arson and Friday’s clashes and for the violence on the opposition’s fiing lane in Haryana’s Panchkula, which left nearly 30 people dead and 250 injured.
“After the delivery of the verdict by the CBI court with the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda in the case involving the Dera chief, resorted to violence and disrupted the peace, the Chief Minister said some anti-social elements got mixed up,” a statement issued by Mr Khattar's office late on Friday evening said.
“Strict action will be taken against anyone and no one is above the law who tries to take the law into his hands. Strict action is being taken against these persons,” the statement said, quoting the Chief Minister.
Yesterday, Across Panchkula burning cars Dera chief Ram Rahim's supporters had rampaged, motorcycles and damaging other public property, for hours after a court convicted their flamboyant spiritual guru for raping two followers at the headquarters of the sect in Sirsa town in 2002.
Initially watched helplessly in riot gear but finally gave it back police personnel deployed; starting with pellet guns, firing tear gas shells and finally, with firearms with regular ammunition. Later told reporters they had not been able to identify the people who had lost their lives yet by BS Sandhu Haryana's police chief.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said the sect could hold the state at ransom, "solely because the BJP government in the state is in cahoots with it".
Reviewing the security situation in the district by the Punjab and Haryana High Court - too had faulted the administration It was a mistake to let tens of thousands.
In Delhi, the Union Home Ministry too is less than impressed with Mr Khattar's handling. After security forces struggled to restore peace in Haryana, Home Minister Rajnath Singh recalled his conversation with the Chief Minister, pointing that he had been assured that the state government had taken all precautionary measures.