Were Panchkula Assailants Trained? Army Warned Weapons Training In Dera Since 2010

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| August 28 , 2017 , 14:11 IST

The recent violence that erupted in Haryana after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case which resulted in the death of 38 people showed an alarming familiarity the assailants had with weaponry, giving rise to the question, were they trained?

According to an Army intelligence report from December 2010, weaponry training was taking place at the Dera and ex-servicemen might have been used to guide the training. However, the police were not able to find any evidence of weapons being stored at the Dera nor any proof of training when they searched the premises.

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The question of arms training being provided to Dera followers rose once again in late 2014 when followers of another controversial 'godman' Rampal attempted to stop the police from arresting him from Hisar's Satlok Ashram in connection with a contempt of court case. The subsequent clash resulted in the death of 6 people.

Taking suo motu cognisance of reports of arms training at the Satlok Ashram, the Punjab and Haryana High Courts issued a notice to the Haryana government on December 4, 2014.

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Justice M Jeyapaul had observed that monitoring Dera activities was advisable to avoid any flare-up.

"Casualty will be more in dimension compared to the one we had faced while executing warrant of arrest as against contemnor Rampal," the HC had said in 2014.

However, after an inquiry could not find any proof of weapons or arms training, the Haryana government gave a clean chit to the Dera in 2015.