36 Dead In Violence After Conviction Of Baba Ram Rahim, Haryana’s Mobile Internet Services Suspended

Haryana Home Department orders suspension of mobile internet and SMS services in state until 29 August.

CHANDIGARH:  The death toll in the violence following Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction in a rape case climbed up to 36 on Saturday even as there was no report of fresh violence in Haryana.

“Thirty six people have died, out of which six casualties are in Sirsa and remaining are in Panchkula,” director general of police (DGP) B.S. Sandhu said Saturday evening.

Tens of thousands of Dera followers, including women and children, stayed put in the Dera quarters despite an appeal by authorities to leave.

“As per Panchkula Control Room in Haryana, the situation in Panchkula and Sirsa is very tense but under control,” a Union home ministry spokesperson said in Delhi.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meeting in Delhi to review the security situation in the country, particularly Haryana, and was told that the situation in the state was under control, officials said.

Haryana Home Department orders the suspension of mobile internet, SMS, all dongle services till 11:30 am on 29 August, reports ANI. Voice calls on mobile networks will not be affected.

The report adds that broadband and internet lease lines in the premises of Dera Sacha Sauda ashram in Sirsa have been suspended until 29 August as well.

The government decision to suspend mobile internet for 72 hours will end on Sunday evening. Over the last three days, the ping of a WhatsApp message alert has been the most missed sound.

The only source of information or instant news is the television and the channels just keep repeating the same stuff. Like him, many Tricity people turned to watching television over the days when Panchkula was burning.

The opposition stepped up its attack with former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda demanding the dismissal of Manohar Lal Khattar government for its failure to handle the situation at Panchkula.

The district administration of Sirsa with the assistance of police, paramilitary and the army is sanitising and securing the area outside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters.

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