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Dera violence: Curfew to be eased in Sirsa between 6 am and 11 am today

Shops will be allowed to open during the curfew relaxation period, says official

Press Trust of India  |  Sirsa (Haryana) 

Vehicles set alight by Dera Sacha Sauda sect members burn in Panchkula, Haryana, on Friday, August 25, 2017. Deadly riots have broken out after a court convicted Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of raping two of his followers. (Photo: AP/PTI)
Vehicles set alight by Dera Sacha Sauda sect members burn in Panchkula, Haryana, on Friday, August 25, 2017. Deadly riots have broken out after a court convicted Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of raping two of his followers. (Photo: AP/PTI)

The district administration has decided to give a relaxation in the from 6 am to 11 am today after no was reported by Dera followers in the area today, a state government official said.

"We will relax the in and around the Dera headquarters here from 6 am to 11 am today so that people can purchase essential goods," a senior government official said this evening.


The official said shops will be allowed to open during the relaxation period.

The district administration had imposed on the villages in the vicinity of headquarters, which is situated here, in view of the rape case judgement against Dera chief on Saturday.

Petrol pumps, banks, shops were closed in the area in view of the

Dera followers had started pouring in at the headquarters here in run-up to the verdict but the sprawling campus is now witnessing a steady exodus of the devotees.

Tension had gripped the locals yesterday as the frenzied followers of the sect asserted they were in for the long haul and ready to go to any extent to avenge their spiritual leader's conviction.

But today, several devotees made their way out, first in small groups, and as the day progressed, in larger numbers.

The local police, which had been urging those inside to vacate the sprawling premises through loudspeakers, said they were expecting the premises to empty out soon.

"Earlier they were leaving in some small groups but now they are streaming out in bigger groups. We are expecting the Dera premises to be vacated in a few more hours," said a senior police officer.

A Dera follower, who left the headquarters along with his companions from Rajasthan, said his faith was intact in Ram Rahim and claimed he had done nothing wrong.

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First Published: Sun, August 27 2017. 02:37 IST
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