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Man arrested in Delhi for hoax call of violence by Dera supporters

The police obtained the name and address of the caller and he was identified as Dharmender, a resident of a slum area near Karkardooma Court.

Published: 28th August 2017 07:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2017 07:51 PM   |  A+A-

Police personnel keeping a vigil near the New Delhi Railway Station on Monday in the view of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim case. | PTI

By PTI

NEW DELHI: A 23-year-old man was arrested for allegedly making a hoax call about supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh creating a nuisance in northeast Delhi's Harsh Vihar, police said today.

Yesterday, the police was informed by a caller around 10 pm that some women followers of Dera chief were trying to set ablaze vehicles and were saying that "Baba is innocent", said AK Singla, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast).

Since the information pertained to a sensitive matter, the police went into a tizzy and reserve police forces were rushed to the spot. However, it was revealed that the caller had given fake information, said the officer.

The police obtained the name and address of the caller and he was identified as Dharmender, a resident of a slum area near Karkardooma Court.

When the police team reached his house, he was not found there and his phone was also switched off. Last night, he was nabbed from Mandoli where he sold coal for a living, the police said.

During interrogation, he said that he was drunk when he made the call.

Dera Sacha Sauda chief was sentenced today to 20 years in prison in two rape case today. Security forces in Haryana and Punjab were on high alert as 36 people had died in the violence by Dera followers following his conviction on Friday.

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