Emeutes en Haryana, au Penjab indien – février 2010

Punjab, Haryana inching towards normalcy after violence

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Chandigarh, Feb 27 – Following widespread violence by supportes of the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect in different parts of Punjab and Haryana Saturday, the situation was gradually inching towards normalcy as no fresh case of rioting or arson was reported in both the states since 9.30 p.m.

However, the situation remained tense and a heavy police force was deployed all over the region.

Violence had erupted in various parts of Punjab and Haryana Saturday evening as scores of Dera supporters protested against the registration of another murder case against their spiritual leader, Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh.

‘We have taken strong notice of these violent incidents in the state. Now the situation is under control and police will make sure that nobody takes the law into their hands,’ Punjab Police chief P.S. Gill said.

‘Very strict action would be taken under the law against those who tried to violate prohibitory orders and indulge in violence, arson and rioting in any part of the state,’ he added.

A senior official of the Haryana Police said: ‘We have increased the police force at all sensitive locations of the state. During the last two hours (since 9.30 p.m.) no fresh case of violence has reported. Taking no chances, police have made all arrangements to deal with any emergency situation.’

No casualties have been reported so far in the violence.

Dera followers, known as ‘Premis’, went on rampage and burnt nearly two dozen buses across Punjab and Haryana to protest the registration of a fresh murder case against Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh.

Four coaches of the Sutlej Express were torched by the protestors in Punjab’s Moga district.

At least eight buses were torched in Moga. The protestors also burnt buses and destroyed public property at various places in Haryana like Sirsa, Hisar, Kaithal and Fatehabad towns, police said.

In Punjab, reports of violence came from Bathinda, Mansa, Barnala and Ferozepur towns.

The sect chief was booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) earlier this week for the murder of former Dera manager Faqir Chand in 1991. Chand’s body was never found and CBI had conducted an inquiry into this on court orders.

Besides the sect chief, CBI had booked four other members of the Dera for murder, destroying evidence and hatching a criminal conspiracy.

The sect chief is already facing three cases, two of murder conspiracy and one of rape of a female follower. The cases are being conducted by a CBI special court in Haryana’s Ambala town.

The Dera Sacha Sauda sect, which has a big following all over the country, is headquartered at Sirsa town in Haryana, around 275 kilometres from here.

Washing its hands off any role by its followers in the violence Saturday, Dera officials said that they had no idea who was behind the violence.

‘We strongly condemn this violence and appeal to everyone to maintain peace and harmony in the region. No Dera follower is behind this arson and rioting. Once the police will conduct its investigation, things will become clear before everyone who is responsible behind this chaos,’ sect spokesman Aditya Insaan told IANS.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also the state’s home minister, said no one would be allowed to spread lawlessness in the state.

‘Anyone trying to indulge in acts of lawlessness or violence or trying to play up communal passions will have to face the consequences under the strictest provisions of the law,’ Badal said.

The Haryana government Saturday evening issued stern instructions to all district police chiefs to deal with the violent protestors with a firm hand.

Dera men go on rampage

deccanherald.com

Chandigarh, Feb 27,

Central paramilitary forces have been rushed to Punjab and Haryana after the followers of the controversial sect, Dera Sacha Sauda, went on the rampage by setting buses and trains afire and damaging government property in protest against registration of a murder case against the sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

At least six companies of paramilitary forces have been rushed to the troubled spots in the two states and a high alert has been sounded, official sources said here.

Several buses were set ablaze at Moga township, Bhatinda, Barnala and Ferozepur in Punjab and Kaithal, Narwana, Hisar and Sirsa, the headquarter of the sect, in neighbouring Haryana.

Twelve rounded up

The agitators also targeted three trains in Punjab and set ablaze a bogie of Sutlej Express. The police have rounded up at least 12 persons among those who indulged in arson in Punjab, sources said here. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has directed the district police chiefs to deal sternly with the elements responsible for the arson.

Director general of Punjab police P S Gill has said nobody would be allowed to take law into their hands and spoke of strict action against those indulging in violence, arson and rioting.

Prohibitory orders have been promulgated in the troubled towns of Punjab.
The followers of the sect were said to be agitated at the registration of a murder case by the CBI against Gurmeet Ram Ram Singh in an incident related to the killing of Dera manager Faqir Chand in 1991.

The CBI has already booked the sect head in a rape case and in the murder case of a Sirsa-based journalist.

Sources said the arson incidents seemed synchronised since there was a pattern to their eruption almost simultaneously in several towns of Punajb and Haryana on Saturday evening.

A Dera spokesman has appealed for calm among the followers.Dera rampage: Tension prevails in Punjab, Haryana

Dera rampage: Tension prevails in Punjab, Haryana

beta.thehindu.com

Chandigarh, février 28, 2010

Tension on Sunday prevailed in various parts of Haryana and Punjab, hit by violence following filing of a fresh murder case against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, as authorities stepped up security measures to restore calm.

Four companies (nearly 400 personnel) of central paramilitary forces have reached Haryana for deployment in the violence-hit areas, including Fatehabad, Sirsa and Ambala, police officials said.

The situation in the affected areas in Punjab, including Moga, Bhatinda and Sangrur districts, was tense but under control, they said.

They said patrolling has been intensified while security has been beefed up at public places like railway stations, bus stations and shopping malls.

There was a report of fire in a bus early this morning in Panipat, though the police maintained that it was not related to the Dera violence.

Resenting the filing of a murder case against Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by the CBI, sect supporters last evening went on a rampage setting ablaze four trains and around 37 vehicles, including 27 buses, and vandalising property in several places in Punjab and Haryana.

Dera’s chief spokesman Aditya Insaan had said the sect followers were not behind the violence which erupted in Punjab and Haryana after the registration of the fresh case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Last week, the CBI had booked the Sacha Sauda chief for the murder of sect Manager Faqir Chand in 1991. Besides the sect head, four others were booked by the CBI in the case.

The sect head also faces three other cases including one of sexual exploitation and two of murder of another sect Manager and a Sirsa-based journalist.

The protesters yesterday set afire a compartment each of the Ferozepur-Ludhiana Sutlej Express, the Narwana-Kurukshetra train and two local trains after asking the passengers to disembark. They also vandalised railway property at Tapa, Moga and Kalaiyat in Punjab, he said.

The mobs had torched and damaged 37 vehicles, 27 of them buses, including an air—conditioned one, in Bathinda, Mansa, Talwandi Sabo, Bhagapurana and other places in Punjab and at Kaithal, Sirsa and Fatehabad in Haryana.

In Moga, the protesters had tried to set ablaze the District Administration Complex, housing among others the offices of the Deputy Commissioner and the SSP, prompting police to fire in the air to disperse them.

Sacha Sauda followers go on rampage in Punjab, Haryana.

mynews.in

28-Feb-2010

Chandigarh: Dera Sacha Sauda followers in Punjab and Haryana strongly reacted to media reports of a fresh FIR filed against Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in the alleged murder of former Dera manager Faqir Chand, and began attacking and torching public property.

A report from Sirsa, the headquarters of the Dera, said after hearing the news of the fresh FIR by CBI against the Dera Chief and four others, who were reportedly booked for the murder and conspiracy under various sections on February 22, agitated Dera ‘Premis’ attacked and attempted to set ablaze buses at over half-a-dozen places.

According to SP, Sirsa, the report of trouble began trickling around 1900 hrs following which four people were rounded up and police were put on alert. Meanwhile, the Haryana Roadways has instructed its bus drivers in the district to park the buses back in the workshop.

The Dera spokesperson Pawan ‘Insa’ however, denied having any hand in today’s incidents and also denied having any official information about the fresh CBI FIR.  »We have heard only now the media reports, and have not reacted to the news. We are busy with our daily evening worship, » he said

Sect followers torch trains, buses in Haryana, Punjab

ibnlive.in.com

Sat, Feb 27, 2010

Chandigarh: Dera Sacha Sauda sect followers on Saturday set fire to two trains and rioted in various parts of Punjab and Haryana to protest against their chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh being charged with murder, police said.

Dera followers set afire a compartment each of the Ferozepur-Ludhiana Sutlej Express and two local passenger trains in Punjab, said a Northern Railway spokesman. They also damaged railway property at Tapa, Moga and Kalaiyat in Punjab.

Protesters torched six state-owned buses in Moga and stoned and damaged vehicles at Bathinda, Mansa, Talwandi Sabo and Bhagapurana in Punjab and at Kaithal, Sirsa and Fatehabad in Haryana.

A post office was set on fire at Talwandi Sabo in Bhatinda, and reports said two empty Haryana Roadways buses were also set afire. Dera followers blocked traffic on the Ambala-Hissar highway at Kaithal by squatting on the road.

Singh was booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for the February 22, 1991 murder of former dera manager Faqir Chand. Chand’s body was never found and the CBI had conducted an inquiry into this on court orders.

Besides Singh, the CBI had booked four other members of the sect for murder, destroying evidence and hatching a criminal conspiracy.

Dera Sacha Sauda, which has a huge following all over the country, is headquartered at Sirsa town in Haryana.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 28 février 2010.

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