#Haryana violence: situation under control; HM Rajnath Singh calls for high-level meet today
Source :NewsBharati   Date :26-Aug-2017

New Delhi, August 26: The situation is now under control in Punjab and Haryana. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called a high-level security review meeting today following Dera follower’s rampage over the self-styled godman's conviction by a CBI court.

All top Home Ministry officials, Chiefs of paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies will attend the meeting in New Delhi to take stock of the situation. Around 20,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh to deal with the situation. 

In a late night press conference in Chandigarh, Haryana DGP BS Sandhu said, except for Sirsa, where the Dera headquarters are situated, the situation in rest of the state is under control. Almost all the Dera Sacha Sauda followas have left Panchkula and Mohali city.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the law and order situation in Haryana with the National Advisor Ajit Doval and Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. In a series of tweets, Modi said, the law and order situation is being closely monitored. He urged officials to work round the clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required.

Earlier, Chief Ministers of Haryana and Punjab spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and briefed him about the law and order situation in their states in the wake of violence which followed CBI court verdict in Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has reacted sharply to vandalism by Dera supporters. The court has ordered attachment of all properties belonging to the Dera chief. It has directed recovery of losses caused due to violence from Dera Sacha Sauda.

Atleast 31 people have been killed, 250 injured in the clashes that erupted between followers of the Dera chief and the security forces following the court verdict. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was airlifted from Panchkula to a special jail in Rohtak and his quantum of sentence will be argued on August 28.