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'Deeply Distressing,' Says PM Modi After Violence Over Ram Rahim Verdict

PM Narendra Modi said he reviewed the situation in Haryana’s Panchkula, where violence broke out today..

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned this evening’s massive violence in Haryana in strong terms and asked the people to keep the peace. In a series of tweets, he also said he has reviewed the situation with the Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Violence by the followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim spiraled out of control this evening, reaching Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. The 50-year-old self-styled spiritual guru was convicted for raping a young follower by a court in Panchkula. Over the next few hours, 30 people reportedly died and around 150 were injured.  By 5 pm, the army had to be called in to control the situation.

But the arson, which has been condemned by many political parties including the Congress, has also exposed the BJP’s government in Haryana to attacks from the opposition.

Demanding that Chief Minister Manohar Khattar should be sacked, the Congress asked PM Modi to “put the interest and safety of Indians before his party’s interests” and make Mr Khattar resign.

 

 

 

Ram Rahim, 50, will be sentenced by the court on Monday. This evening, he was flown out of Panchkula in a government helicopter to a makeshift jail in Rohtak.