- PM Narendra Modi condemned massive violence in Punjab and Haryana
- PM said that officials urged to work round-the-clock to restore normalcy
- Followers of Ram Rahim turned violent after he was convicted for rape
Violence by the followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim spiraled out of control this evening, reaching Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh. The 50-year-old self-styled spiritual guru was convicted for raping two women by a court in Panchkula. Over the next few hours, 30 people reportedly died and around 250 were injured. By 5 pm, the army had to be called in to control the situation.
PM Modi stressed that officials had been urged to work round-the-clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required.
The instances of violence today are deeply distressing. I strongly condemn the violence & urge everyone to maintain peace.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 25, 2017
The law & order situation is being closely monitored. I reviewed the situation with the NSA & Home Secretary.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 25, 2017
Urged officials to work round the clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 25, 2017
Ram Rahim, 50, was flown out of Panchkula in a state government helicopter to Rohtak jail later this evening. He will be sentenced by the court on Monday. Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi later told NDTV that he expected the state government to control the tense situation in the state. "I had spoken to the Chief Secretary and he told me that "the situation would come under control shortly," he said.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi also expressed grave concern over the widespread destruction of public property, "senseless attacks" on the media and the death of several people including children in the violence.