HC on Dera violence: War like situation needs to be dealt with war-like tactics

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today said the mayhem caused by followers of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh last Friday was a "war-like situation".

Published: 29th August 2017 11:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th August 2017 07:15 AM   |  A+A-

Media vans torched by angry Dera Sacha Sauda followers, following Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh being convicted for rape. (Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday said the mayhem caused by followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh last Friday was a “war-like situation” which had to be tackled accordingly.

The court directed Punjab and Haryana governments to set up Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of three officers, headed by an officer, not below the rank of an Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), to investigate all the cases registered at various places in connection with the Dera violence.
The Dera counsel on Tuesday submitted before the court that security forces should have used rubber bullets to disperse the mob in Panchkula and not opened fire.

However, the bench of Acting Chief Justice SS Saron, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Avneesh Jhingan said, “You want the police to soft pedal. In case you are indulging in nonsense, you have to be shot.”
“You can’t go soft when some people come armed with petrol bombs and deadly weapons to indulge in arson and lawlessness,” the court said. “This was a war-like situation and it had to be fought like a war-like situation,” Justice Saron observed verbally.

Senior advocate Anupam Gupta also said that he disagrees with Dera counsel as entire Haryana would have burnt had the security forces not responded strongly to the situation. “You have to be hard in a riot-situation. When people come armed with petrol bombs, sticks and other weapons and it is an organized attack, you have to be firm. If they are indulging in riots arson and mayhem, they could be killed.” It also ordered the Haryana government to file a detailed status report regarding steps taken to sanitise Dera Sacha Sauda centres.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp