Security Tightened In Punjab Ahead Of Ram Rahim's Sentencing: Amarinder Singh

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The home minister was apprised about the steps taken to maintain law and order and restore peace, said an official privy to the development.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday will hold a high level meeting to review the security situation in Haryana following the violence there that left 30 dead after Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim's conviction in a rape case. The CM expressed shock and said the situation was allowed to escalate by the Haryana Government.

It has also been chose to extend the ban on mobile data services in the state till Tuesday, the CM said, adding that 19 potential trouble makers had been taken into preventive custody and that the crackdown would continue ahead of the sentencing.

Speaking to India Today, senior advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Navkiran Singh Bains, said people involved in inciting violence will be booked, also the State government will compensate for the losses made to public property through Dera's pocket.

"Fault was in allowing people to gather in Panchkula when the verdict was coming; should have known that there could be a problem", said Amarinder Singh.

In the same breath, Khaira castigated the Haryana and Punjab governments for failing to maintain law and order after the verdict against the Dera chief was pronounced.

The mob set numerous vehicles on fire, targeted the media and set ablaze an OB van and damaged two others.

She said it was the third such occasion when the Khattar Government has badly let down the people.

The Haryana Chief Minister, however, chose to claim that the violence was the result of anti-social elements, who he claimed got mixed up with the followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda. Despite imposing Section 144 and despite efforts of Haryana Police, these followers are still on roads. He pointed out that trouble could have been averted had the Dera supporters been stopped from aggregating in one place.

According to reports, Singh will brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the violence. Responding to another question, Captain Amarinder said there had been no contact between him and the chief minister of Haryana though the Punjab DGP had been in regular touch with his counterpart there.

On the other hand, Ram Rahim, who was arrested a day ago, has been kept in Rohtak jail.