Dera violence: Section 144 imposed in most of Western UP districts

All the 120 trains of Ambala division were stopped where they were to check the sneak –in by the Dera supporters who could foment trouble in UP as well. 

Published: 25th August 2017 10:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th August 2017 01:20 AM   |  A+A-

Security personnel keep vigil on a highway in Jalandhar on Friday following Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim s conviction on Friday. (PTI)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: Prohibitory orders have been imposed in most of the Western UP districts, especially those bordering Haryana and Delhi, following the surge of violence in the wake of the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case on Friday.

Dozens of trains passing through Western UP have been cancelled as a precautionary measure.

Over half a dozen districts -- Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Noida  and Greater Noida – have been put under Section 144 (orders prohibiting assembly of four or more people at any point) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

A high alert has been sounded in Agra, Mathura, Aligarh, Baghpat, Shamli and Bulandshahr subsequent to the violence in the neighbouring states and Delhi.

There were reports that rioters torched buses in the Loni area of Ghaziabad, but district magistrate Ministhy S Nair said the situation was under control. According to the officer, prohibitory orders would be in place for at least two weeks.

Sources said Ghaziabad administration has ordered all schools to remain closed on Saturday in view of the violence in Delhi. Top officials paid a visit to the Dera Sacha Sauda ashram in the district to ensure peace.

The borders with Punjab and Haryana have been sealed, and additional director-general (law & order) Anand Kuamr said forces have been deployed across Western UP with police patrolling several areas.

Train traffic in Western UP has been disrupted with over 56 trains heading to Punjab and Haryana cancelled. While 25 trains passing through Saharanpur  were cancelled, 120 trains were stopped in Ambala to check Dera supporters from sneaking in to foment trouble in UP.

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