It has also been chose to extend the ban on mobile data services in the state till Tuesday, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced here on Saturday, adding that 19 potential trouble makers had been taken into preventive custody and the crackdown would continue ahead of the sentencing.
The battle of one-upmanship continues between Punjab and Haryana even as the two states burned on Friday, following the verdict against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case. "Not enough measures were taken into consideration to curb the situation", Singh said at a press conference.
It has also been made a decision to extend the ban on mobile data services in the state till Tuesday, the CM said, adding that 19 potential trouble makers had been taken into preventive custody and that the crackdown would continue ahead of the sentencing.
Defending his government on not preventing the build up of followers from Punjab into Panchkula, he said: "Did Khattar call me up to stop people from entering Panchkula or his director general of police call up his Punjab counterpart or his chief secretary call up Punjab chief secretary?"
"Punjab and Delhi didn't see as many incidents after the court verdict". The state government should have known that there could be a problem. "I will be touring areas of Punjab from Sunday to thank my police force and people for keeping the situation peaceful", he added.
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Following the conviction of the sect head yesterday, at least 36 people were killed and over 250 injured in widespread violence, arson and police firing in Haryana. Asserting that he would not allow any dera to create trouble in Punjab, Amarinder opined that the way things were going, it did not seem likely that political parties would support the Deras in the future.
Sirsa, home to Dera Sacha Sauda's chief Ram Rahim is already under curfew.
Interacting with mediapersons after a cabinet meeting here, the Chief Minister said that the Western Command of the Indian Army was on standby to tackle any eventuality arising out of the judgement, expected on Friday afternoon.
On the other hand, Ram Rahim, who was arrested a day ago, has been kept in Rohtak jail.