Haryana CM Khattar admits lapses in handling Dera situation
Following the violence that erupted after conviction of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's role has come under scrutiny for alleged failure to control clashes despite prior information.
Khattar, who is on tremendous pressure admitted there were lapses but asserted appropriate action was being taken.
"Lapses have been identified and we are taking appropriate steps". "This should not have happened," he said.
"Some people have lost lives and vehicles have been set on fire while government property too has been damaged. Some OB vans of the media have also been damaged by the mob," Khattar said.
"All those who have taken law into their hands will be punished," he said, adding that police have identified culprits using video footage. "Some miscreants have been nabbed and action will be taken against them. The government will assess the damage," he said.
To another question, he said the state has rushed paramilitary forces to all those places in addition to Panchkula and Sirsa where it feels the situation can take an ugly turn. He said the damage caused to some media personnel's equipment during the violence here will be taken care of the government.
In the morning, Khattar had appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace and harmony not allow themselves to be misled by rumours.