Dera Violence: Curfew Relaxed In Sirsa

SIRSA, HARYANA:  In a relief to the local residents, the district administration on Sunday relaxed the curfew for five hours in and around Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Haryana’s Sirsa, after restrictions were imposed on August 24.

With this move, petrol pumps, shops and other commercial establishments are going to be allowed to open in the area.

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“I was not able to purchase essential items for my household since Thursday night due to imposition of curfew. I will buy sufficient stock of such items,” pointed out Surender Soni, a resident of Begu area near Dera headquarters said.

Coming back to the overall situation, curfew-like restrictions were imposed in the town on Thursday in view of the rape case judgement against sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

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And as expected by many experts, tension had gripped the locals on Friday, after the Dera head was convicted of rape by a special CBI court in Panchkula, as the frenzied followers of the sect asserted they were ready to go to any extent to avenge their spiritual leader’s conviction.

Yesterday, plenty of Dera followers made their way out of the sprawling sect premises after police urged them to vacate the place. If the opinion of official sources are anything to go by, around one lakh people, including women and children, were present in the sect headquarters.

There is no denying the fact that the conviction of the Dera head triggered arson and violence across Haryana that claimed 36 lives and injured more than 250 people. Meanwhile, with regard to Sirsa, four people died and 58 have been injured. The violence also spilled over into neighbouring Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi.

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And as expected by many experts, tension had gripped the locals on Friday, after the Dera head was convicted of rape by a special CBI court in Panchkula, as the frenzied followers of the sect asserted they were ready to go to any extent to avenge their spiritual leader’s conviction.