Chandigarh: Haryana & Punjab Police have been rounded up more than 50 persons on charges of arson and rioting as tension prevailed in different parts of Punjab and Haryana. The supporters of the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect went on a rampage to protest registration of another murder case against their spiritual leader Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh.
The Haryana police have rounded up over 16 youths. We have called additional companies of para-military forces to maintain the law and order situation in the state a Haryana police official added.
As per the report Punjab Police have rounded up 35 persons, who are accused of arson and rioting, from various parts of Punjab.
Dera followers burnt over a dozen rail coaches in various parts of Punjab and Haryana. At least 42 buses were torched and public property was destroyed in Moga, Bathinda, Mansa, Barnala and Ferozepur towns of Punjab and Sirsa, Hisar, Kaithal and Fatehabad in Haryana.
The Dera Sacha Sauda sect, which has a big following all over the country, is headquartered at Sirsa town in Haryana, around 275 km from Chandigarh.
Dera officials have, however, condemned these incidents and said that they had no idea who was behind the violence across Punjab and Haryana.