The arson left 31 people dead and nearly 250 others injured
At the time going to the press the death toll in the violence following the conviction of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has risen to 36.Thirty deaths have been reported in Panchkula, while six persons have died in Sirsa town, where the headquarters of the Dera sect is located.
Haryana Police have recovered an AK 47, five pistols and other weapons from two vehicles of Dera followers and registered two sedition cases against followers, including private security guards, of controversial godman and Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Eight FIRs relating to violence were registered and 524 people arrested in Panchkula. According to the Chief Secretary 101 companies of paramilitary forces and 10 columns of the Indian Army have been stationed in the state.
The question is WHY? Why the hard earned money of tax payers should be spent on a rapist? After the court in Panchkula, the Dera chief guilty of rape, his followers went berserk setting ablaze vehicles and damaging properties. The security forces opened fire to control the mob.
The arson left 31 people dead and nearly 250 others injured.
Vehicles and property were also damaged and set on fire by the unruly Dera followers. Dera followers did not spare the media too. OB vans of several TV channels were damaged.
At this juncture it reminds me lines written by famous lyricist Kavi Pradeep who had written some 50 years back Ram ke bhakt Rahim ke bande, Rachte aaj fareb ke dhanhde, Kitne ye makkar ye andhe, Dekh liye inke bhi dhande, inki kaali kartooton se bana mulk masan, kitna badal gaya insaan…
In Indian tradition when something good happens normally sweets are distributed but the followers of Dera instead of carrying sweets they carried firearms with them which make it very clear that they had anticipated the court’s judgment.
We don’t need so called Godman like Ram Rahim instead we require Goodman who can show us the right path. Also the government is equally responsible to give protection and encouragement to such people to safeguard their vote bank.
At the same time it is our humble request to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ask our leaders to stop seeking blessings from so called Godman so that our fellow citizens are not carried away.