Ram Rahim Singh went on a rampage and destroyed properties across Haryana, Punjab and even in Delhi, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that all losses caused to property be recovered from Dera Sacha Sauda.
A Panchkula resident had filed a PIL raising law and order concerns after which the court ordered that “in case people indulge in causing loss to the properties, the process will be videographed and total loss will be recovered from the Dera.
Meanwhile, Ram Niwas, additional chief secretary of the Haryana government, said the state government will compensate for the losses of media personnel and the properties of others.
Dera Sacha Sauda has at least 15 Ashrams in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Sirsa, where the sect is based, alone has 9 Ashrams. There are three Ashrams in Rajashtan’s Hanuman Garh besides Fatehabad, Mansa and Muktsar.
Hours after the court’s decision that the Dera will pay for all losses, the sect removed this list of Ashrams from its website. IndiaToday.in accessed the site minutes before the list of Ashram was taken down by his followers.
Punjab and Haryana High court had asserted that they did not want a repeat of situation similar to the one witnessed in February last year when violence during Jat reservation stir in Haryana claimed 30 lives and property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was damaged by arsonists.
Today’s violence which broke out here was third major incident after last year’s Jat agitation violence and November 2015 when there was a two-week tense standoff between some of the self-styled ‘godman’ Rampal’s followers and the police in Hisar during which five women and a child had died.
Rampal had later been arrested after tense standoff between some his supporters and the police after close to 15,000 of his followers were evacuated from the sprawling premises.