You allow a city to burn for political gains: HC on Panchkula violence
You allow the city to burn for your political gains, the HC said. It seems as though your government has surrendered before the agitators, the HC said while pulling the Haryana government for inaction, the Punjab and Haryana court observed.
On Friday thousands of Dera followers resorted to large scale violence at Panchkula after their chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted for rape.
This was a political surrender to lure vote banks," the court observed, asking the state why it couldn't stop 200,000 followers of the sect from gathering in Panchkula despite prohibitory orders. The court also termed the reaction by the Centre on the issue as 'knee jerk."
The High Court has been very vocal on this case in particular. Before the CBI court verdict, the court had said, " don't hesitate to use force if the need be." On Friday after the protestors damaged public property, the court ordered the attachment of two Dera properties and directed the state to recover the loss.