Police arrested 15 anti-social elements for violence in Haryana's Sirsa after Dera chief's conviction
Police have detained 15 Dera Sacha Sauda followers since last night in Haryana's Sirsa as authorities appealed to over one lakh supporters who are still present in the sect headquarters to vacate the premises.
The situation in Sirsa remained tense but under control, according to police. "Police have detained 15 anti-social elements since last night," Sirsa Superintendent of Police Ashwin Shenvi told news agency PTI.
Another senior police official said that the authorities have appealed the Dera followers to vacate the compound of sect headquarters.
Army has taken control of the area after two people died in Sirsa yesterday following violence triggered by the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case.
At least 31 people have been killed and 250 injured in widespread violence, arson and police firing in Haryana yesterday. While 29 people were killed in Panchkula, the epicentre of the violence, two died in Sirsa.
Arson by the frenzied followers of the head of Dera Sacha Sauda was also witnessed in some parts of Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan within a few hours of the pronouncement of the judgement by the CBI court in the 2002 case.