At least 32 people have been killed and more than 350 injured as Panchkula turned into a virtual warzone after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was found guilty of rape by a CBI court on Friday.
The followers of the godman have gone on a rampage in three states. The rioters have torched at least two railway stations, a power grid and petrol pumps in Haryana.
In Delhi, a train has been set on fire in Anand Vihar and two buses have also been torched. Media persons have also been attacked. The government’s claims of keeping the situation under control have fallen flat.
The controversial godman-turned-actor now faces minimum of 10 years in jail since the victim was a minor at the time of the sexual assault.
As a preventive measure, we have enforced Section 144 of the CrPC in Delhi in 11 police districts,” said SBK Singh, special commissioner of police (Law and Order, North).
Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973 empowers an executive magistrate to prohibit an assembly of more than four people in an area.
The national capital has 13 police districts. North and central districts will not fall under the ambit of the orders since no incidents were reported from there, the officer said.
“Wherever even a minor incident or gathering was reported or the area is bordering Haryana, we have taken precautions. The prohibitory orders will be in place until September 8,” Singh added.
Chandigarh Police have arrested six private commandos of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and seized weapons and petrol cans. The Army is staging flag-march in the 10 curfew-bound districts of Punjab to restore the confidence of the people as violence swept through the state after Ram Rahim was found guilty of rape. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who was personally monitoring the situation, appealed to the people to remain calm and not to take the law in their hands.