Captain rubbishes Khattar’s charge against Punjab in Dera violence
Chandigarh – Terming it a desperate and futile bid to wriggle out of his own responsibility in the matter, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has flayed his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar for blaming Punjab for the violence that followed the indictment of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Dubbing Khattar’s charges against Punjab government as ludicrous, Captain Amarinder said the Haryana Chief Minister was trying desperately to cover up his own government’s failure in preventing the carnage in the wake of the verdict against Ram Rahim.“Khattar’s despair was evident from the fact that even after suspending five of their own police personnel over the alleged conspiracy to whisk Ram Rahim away post the judgement, he was now trying to fix responsibility for the entire affair on Punjab police,” said the Chief Minister, adding that nothing could be more ridiculous than this.Captain Amarinder also lashed out at Khattar for blaming Punjab over the accumulation of over one lakh Dera followers in Panchkula ahead of the judicial verdict in the rape case against Ram Rahim. The death count, and the number of people injured in the violence that erupted in Panchkula after the verdict, clearly shows that the bulk of the followers gathered there were from Haryana, he pointed out.Haryana alone was responsible for maintaining law and order in Panchkula and failed to prevent aggregation of people in the area despite intelligence reports warning of adverse fallout of the court judgement, Captain Amarinder noted, assailing Khattar’s attempt to divert public attention from his government’s catastrophic failure in the matter.
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