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Ram Rahim Verdict Aftermath: 552 Arrested In Connection With Deaths Of 36 In Riots

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| August 27 , 2017 , 08:11 IST

The conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case from 2002 triggered massive protests and violence from the self-styled godman's followers resulting in the death of 36 people.

As the Haryana government faced heat for not taking enough precautionary measures ahead of Singh's verdict, 552 people have been arrested in connection with the deaths which mostly took place in the Panchkula and Sirsa districts.

"Thirty-six people have died, out of which six casualties are in Sirsa and remaining are in Panchkula," DGP B S Sandhu said, earlier, the death toll was put at 32.

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A series of raids were conducted at the congregation centres of Dera followers, where weaponry in large numbers was recovered, including rifles, AK-47, pistols, petrol bombs and laathis.

"Over thirty 'Naam Charcha Ghars'(congregation centres) in various districts have been sealed," Haryana's Additional Director General of Police, R C Mishra said.

The centres that have been sealed include 13 in Ambala, 10 in Kurukshetra and 8 in Yamunanagar.

"We have recovered one AK 47 rifle and one Mauser (rifle) from the vehicle of a Dera follower and two rifles and five pistols from another vehicle during the operations," DGP B S Sandhu said.

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"As many as 552 persons have been arrested in connection with the violence and further investigations are underway," he added.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in Panchkula Ashok Kumar was also suspended by the state government, which alleged that his "defective" prohibitory orders allowed the crowd build-up in the district.

Although the situation in Haryana remained tense, there was no fresh reports of violence. Authorities are expecting chances of violence when Ram Rahim Singh on Monday is pronounced the quantum of sentence and precautionary measures are being taken to prevent any untoward incident.