You let a city like Panchkula burn for political motives: Court slams Khattar Govt after violence in state

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Chandigarh: With 31 dead and hundreds of injured, while whole State was halted following Dera Sachcha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim rape case verdict yesterday, Haryana High Court slammed Khattar Govt for it’s irresponsibility in handling law and order situations.

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Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not spared as the furious court lambasted Haryana and the central governments over the deadly arsoning by self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s followers after he was convicted for rape. “He is the Prime Minister of not the BJP but of India,” said the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

 

The court was responding to Additional Solicitor General Satya Pal Jain, who is representing the centre, saying that yesterday’s violence was a matter of the state. “Is Haryana not a part of India? Why are Punjab and Haryana treated like step children?” the court questioned.

You let the situation escalate. You surrendered to the situation,” said court, admonishing the state government over a Panchkula police officer being sacked this morning. “You are trying to crucify a small DCP of Panchkula what about those political masters who have been giving wrong directions?” the judges said to the Haryana government.

Nearly three hours of arson and vandalism left Panchkula, always seen as a peaceful second option to adjoining Chandigarh, badly scarred.

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The Haryana government has been criticised for allowing at least 1.5 lakh followers of Dera Sacha Sauda, the sect headed by Ram Rahim, to gather at Panchkula for the verdict, despite a ban on large gatherings.

Haryana’s Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma was caught on camera while defending Dera Sacha Sauda followers claiming them “simple, peace loving people” who may have gathered in Panchkula in huge numbers “but till now have not touched a single plant” despite Section 144 was imposed.

 

The court also asked how many cars were allowed into Panchkula yesterday afternoon when Ram Rahim arrived from Sirsa – the Dera headquarters – in a large convoy for the court verdict.

Chief Minister ML Khattar had acknowledged yesterday that there were lapses. The “lapses have been identified and we are taking appropriate steps,” he said last night, adding: “This should not have happened.”

But in another statement, he also appeared to shield Ram Rahim’s followers as he said criminals had infiltrated the crowd of Dera Sacha Sauda devotees.

The comments were not missed by the court, which said: “Your Chief Minister said miscreants got mixed up with Dera people, giving the impression that they didn’t do anything, you’re still supporting them, you are the ones who made this happen.”

Earlier, the ML Khattar government in Haryana confronted sharp words as the court said: “You let a city like Panchkula burn for political motives.”

Sources : NDTV

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