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Panchkula violence: Haryana CM Khattar has some answering to do, especially to judiciary

Gurmeet Ram Rahim case: At least 28 people were killed in the violence by the supporters of Dera chief as paramilitary troops and police personnel deployed outside special CBI court before the judgment failed to prevent the crowd buildup and the resultant mayhem.

Written by Nishant Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: August 25, 2017 10:29 pm
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The widespread violence in Panchkula and other places in Haryana following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has left Manohar Lal Khattar government in a tight spot. At least 30 people were killed in the violence by the supporters of Dera chief as paramilitary troops and police personnel deployed outside special CBI court before the judgment failed to prevent the crowd buildup and the resultant mayhem. Though Khattar appealed for peace to Gurmeet supporters, his request fell on deaf ears as the violence spread all the way to Delhi where an empty train was set on fire at Anand Vihar station, prompting the authorities to put the national capital on high alert and impose section 144 in the NCR region.

The question that arises now is who should be held accountable for the loss of lives, grave injuries and damage to property? Is it the supporters who are so blinded by their faith that they fail to accept the ruling of a court of law? Or the government which looked the other way when the followers of Ram Rahim were building up in Panchkula?

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In fact, the government failed to act despite reminders from the judiciary on what it should do. A day before the judgment, Punjab and Haryana court rapped the Khattar government for not imposing Section 144 on time and allowing the Dera supporters to gather in huge numbers in Panchkula. “Why was assembly not prohibited,” asked the court, adding that “proper order under Section 144 could have debarred the assembly of people”. The court had clearly told the state government that it doesn’t want a Jat agitation like the situation in Haryana and asked the Centre to deploy additional forces. But it was too late as more than 50,000 of Ram Rahim’s followers congregated at Naam Charcha Ghar in Panchkula area. And the snapping of mobile, internet service had little impact on the supporters who were ready with hockey sticks, baseball bats, lathis and brick bat to go to any extent if the verdict goes against their beloved Dera chief.

As the CBI court delivered its verdict, the supporters went on a rampage damaging public property and attacking mediapersons. They set on fire several vehicles, buildings and railway stations damaged media OB vans. Taking strong exception to the violence, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ruled that the losses caused to property due to violence and arson will be recovered from Dera Sacha Sauda. The full bench of the High Court also directed the Haryana government to use weapon or force, if required, to tackle the situation arising out of the CBI court verdict against the Dera chief.

The Panchkula mayhem only suggests that the Khattar government has failed to learn any lessons from the Jat agitation last year. Its slow response, poor strategy and lack of decision making ability makes the state vulnerable to such frenzy outrage.

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    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:09 am
    I wish that IE and other media goondas have the same policy against muslim stone pelters of Kashmir and the Muslim and TMC goondas in Malda bashirhat etc.
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      sunny
      Aug 26, 2017 at 5:43 am
      In India life is cheap. Our lawmakers may treat it as national calamity and give compensation to victim, there by they become more popular
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        Samanya Admi
        Aug 26, 2017 at 3:55 am
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          Very.possible
          Aug 26, 2017 at 2:19 am
          Amit Shah told that this is not the first time that this is happening in India.
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            Antony
            Aug 26, 2017 at 1:45 am
            Christian Priests who are known criminals from Christian church have routinely been moved from one country to another by the christian Church in order to avoid prosecution. War criminals like the Frenchman Paul Touvier have been protected from the law by a succession of powerful Roman Catholic christian churchmen. Touvier, head of the pro- militia in France, was tried in 1946 and 1947 and found guilty of war crimes. For 45 years he escaped justice with the assistance of the Roman Church and a chain of Roman Catholic sympathisers, who funded him and spirited him from one monastery to another. Touvier successfully avoided detection, crossing international borders between France, Italy and Switzerland, while senior members of the French Church did their best to obtain a presidential pardon for him . His protectors also presided over his illegal marriage. He was finally tracked down to a Roman Catholic Church Priory in Nice in 1989.
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