Dera supporters on rampage, 11 dead, over 100 injured
Barely an hour after the godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted in a rape case, hell broke loose in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana as Dera Sacha Sauda supporters went on a rampage on Friday.
Dera supporters turned violent in several parts of the state, setting vehicles on fire and damaging property.
The security forces seemed to have no clue as the mod ran amok and damaged anything that came in their way.
Media personnel were attacked, OB vans and fire brigades were set ablaze, the crowd entered residential areas as the casualties kept mounting in the hospitals in Panchkula. Smoke was seen billowing out of many areas in Panchkula.
With the fear that the violence may spill over to other states, an alert has been sent out.
"Alert sounded in adjoining districts to ensure no spillover of trouble in UP through strict check on borders...Administrative machinery is geared up in Western Uttar Pradesh," Uttar Pradesh's ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said.
Briefed @rajnathsingh ji. Situation is being monitoring extensively, strict action will be taken against those who try to disrupt peace.— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) August 25, 2017
Immediately after the verdict was pronounced, Ram Rahim was taken into custody by the Haryana police, and transferred to a jail in Rohtak in a chopper.
As per latest reports, six Army columns have been deployed in Panchkula. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who retuned after SCO meeting Krygystan, was briefed about the situation in Haryana.
The extent of riot and damage to property across the state has not been accessed yet but it clearly reminds of chaos during the Jat agitation.