Punjab CM blames Haryana Govt. for large scale violence

Punjab CM blames Haryana Govt. for large scale violence

Though the Punjab government too is being blamed for "mismanaging" the situation before and after the verdict against the dera head, chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday patted his government's back for faring better than the neighbouring Haryana.

Besides extending the ban on mobile data services in till Tuesday, the Punjab government on Saturday said it has beefed up security at vital installations and is ready to enforce curfew again in sensitive areas of the state on Monday, if needed, in view of the upcoming sentencing of Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

He said that senior Haryana Police officers have been deputed along with civil administration officers to deal with any situation.

"Forces have been deployed, as per the requests from the State Governments", Singh said.

Curfew has been imposed in several places in Haryana and Punjab while prohibitory orders have been imposed in nine districts of Uttar Pradesh, all but two districts of Delhi and one district in Rajasthan following massive violence, an official said.

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"Punjab and Delhi didn't see as many incidents after the court verdict".

Amarinder said that there were no deaths reported from Punjab and everything was peaceful there. He urged Dera supporters to maintain calm.

"Grateful to people of Punjab for maintaining peace".

Following the conviction of the sect head yesterday, at least 36 people were killed and over 250 injured in widespread violence, arson and police firing in Haryana.

To control the situation, the Punjab government on Friday imposed curfew in six districts.

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"Fault was in allowing people to gather in Panchkula when the verdict was coming; should have known that there could be a problem", said Amarinder Singh.

Interacting with mediapersons after a cabinet meeting here, the Chief Minister said that the Western Command of the Indian Army was on standby to tackle any eventuality arising out of the judgement, expected on Friday afternoon.

The Haryana Chief Minister, however, chose to claim that the violence was the result of anti-social elements, who he claimed got mixed up with the followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda.

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