Arvind Kejriwal appeals for calm as violence spread to Delhi

A bus was torched in northeast Delhi's Loni Chowk, allegedly by Dera Sacha Sauda supporters, police officials said.

Published: 25th August 2017 07:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th August 2017 07:32 PM   |  A+A-

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (File | PTI)


NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today asked people to stay calm and maintain peace as violence, following the conviction of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case, spread to the city from Haryana and Punjab.

At least five people were killed and scores injured, said a doctor in Panchkula, where the verdict of the special CBI court was read out. Violence spread rapidly to many other places in Haryana, Punjab, parts of Rajasthan and the national capital.

"I urge everyone to stay calm and maintain peace,"

Kejriwal said on Twitter as reports came in of violence in several parts of Delhi.

A bus was torched in northeast Delhi's Loni Chowk, allegedly by Dera Sacha Sauda supporters, police officials said.

According to the Delhi fire service, reports of arson also came in from various parts of the national capital, including Anand Vihar, Khayala, Jahangirpuri and Badarpur areas.

Police, however, said the identity of the arsonists had not been ascertained.

Two empty coaches of the Rewa Express stationed at the Anand Vihar station were also on fire but there was no clarity on how and by whom.

Police said small gatherings of Gurmeet's supporters in several parts of Delhi have been reported.

"We are keeping a tab on the situation," a police official said.

The verdict was pronounced in the rape case over 15 years after an anonymous sexual exploitation complaint was registered against Gurmeet. The quantum of sentence will be announced on August 28.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


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 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 are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of 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. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp