On his monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat, PM Modi said “India is the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Buddha. Violence is not acceptable in the nation, in any form.”
“On one hand we await our festivals but on the other hand, when we hear about instances of violence, it is natural to be worried,” he said in oblique reference to the Haryana violence.
His remarks came amid violent clashes in Haryana and neighbouring states Punjab after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the head of Dera Sacha Sauda sect – a social welfare and spiritual group – with a wide following in Punjab and Haryana states, was found guilty on Friday of raping two followers in a case dating back to 2002.
The Dera chief supporters rampaged in response, attacking railway stations, petrol stations and television vans in towns across Punjab and Haryana, witnesses said. At least 36 people have died and over 250 injured in the clashes.