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Haryana violence: Cameraman attacked after he tries to enter Dera campus in Sirsa

The incident took place when the cameraman along with a journalist tried entering the sect's premises and their car was spotted by the followers who then started chasing them.

Sirsa | Updated: August 27, 2017 12:51 pm
dera violence, gurmeet ram rahim singh, dera sacha sauda, ram rahim verdict, ram rahim rape violence, dera rioting, panchkula riot, indian express news In view of verdict of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, police force prepared to deal with law and order situation in Sirsa on Thursday. The police also blocked the road using razor wires August 24, 2017: Express Photo

Alleged Dera supporters attacked a TV18 crew in Sirsa on Sunday morning during the curfew relaxation from 6 am to 11 am. The crew was filming the Dera Sacha Sauda from the main road outside the dera at about 10.20 am. Cameraman Sunil, reporter Dharamvir Sharma were in a Swift Dzire car driven by Inderjit.

Suddenly, a Swift car began following them. They drove 6 km to shake off the car, but they had to stop at a police barricade, where the Swift car caught up with them. The men inside then pulled out the TV 18 crew members from their car, beat them and tried to snatch their camera; all in the presence of the police and paramilitaries at the barricade. “We were assaulted in front of security personnel,” said Sharma. The men then drove away with the journalists’ car. Police recovered it and returned it to them after a 90 minute search.

Sirsa is on edge again as the quantum of sentence on Ram Rahim , head of Dera Sacha Sauda, convicted for rape, comes up for arguments on Monday. The hearings will not take place in Panchkula, but in the Sanaria jail at Rohtak, where Ram Rahim has been lodged in the guest house. Curfew has been reimposed in Sirsa. Fearing arrest, many Dera followers are leaving the dera through the various points in the sprawling 1000 acre campus, avoiding the main entrance, where army and police have been deployed.

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    Ashoke
    Aug 27, 2017 at 11:27 pm
    " Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." Joseph Goebbels ..... This is exactly being followed by प्रधान सेवक of India, from भारतीय जु ा पार्टी.
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      Hariharan
      Aug 27, 2017 at 5:27 pm
      If this is true then it is not acceptable. Army needs to move in and sanitize the Dera Site including the Cave. If they don't do it today tomorrow will be too late. It is necessary to prevent blood bath
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        Justice
        Aug 27, 2017 at 5:18 pm
        All babas who supported BJP are behind bars. Asaram, Rampal, Radhemaa and now ram rahim. This Dera saccha sauda was created by m uls im to divide sikhs and punjabis, Very shrewed people are these m uslism . BJP as any other dirty political parties went to these babas for votes and now are paying the price.
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          Suhas
          Aug 27, 2017 at 4:13 pm
          We all want to know what is inside. After sanitazation, every one should know everything inside the dera. It is not a national secret to be kept in wraps. And show us where cm, dera and bjp leaders used to meet.
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            Eturu
            Aug 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm
            Why media persons didn't listen to police warnings.why did they enter dera after strict warnings not to enter.They don't want peace to prevail.I think the main cause of roits are causing because of media.
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            1. Damodar Biswal
              Aug 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm
              I beg to disagree with ur views,sir.Media is playing its role.Media men have not broken any law n therefore,should not be blamed.Those who have broken the law r finding support from politicians.This is unfortunate.
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