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Rail and bus services to and from Haryana have been resumed in certain places after the state went into shut down mode following violence triggered by the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a 2002 rape case.
"Peace is prevailing in Haryana, 24 hours after violence broke out in Panchkula over the conviction of Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by a CBI court in a 2002 rape case," DGP B S Sandhu said at a press conference in Panchkula, near Chandigarh on Saturday.
The Haryana DGP disclosed that the police had made all necessary security and safety arrangements ahead of August 28, when the quantum of sentence to Ram Rahim in the rape case will be pronounced by a special CBI court.
"No one would be allowed to go near the Sunaria jail at Rohtak on that day," he said.
In connection with the violence that burned Haryana, Sandhu said that 34 cases had been registered, including six in Panchkula, four in Sirsa, 13 in Kaithal, three in Bhiwani, four in Karnal, one in Fatehabad, two in Ambala and one in Panipat.
"As many as 552 persons have been arrested and further investigation is underway. If more people are found guilty during investigation, action would be taken against them," he said.
The violence that followed Ram Rahim Singh's verdict led to the death of 30 persons in Panchkula and 6 in Sirsa, leaving 269 people injured, including 47 police personnel.
As many as 18 government and private properties were damaged, with 37 vehicles being damaged as well.