Haryana government suffered a massive loss of around Rs 126 crore in the violence that broke out after the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case in August last year. The violence was allegedly orchestrated by followers of Ram Rahim and several people had died in Panchkula and other places. The verdict was pronounced and the Dera chief was awarded life imprisonment. As per the latest revised assessment of the claims and losses incurred by Haryana government during the violence, the state suffered loss to the tune of Rs 126 crore.
Among the districts of the state that suffered worst losses were Ambala (Rs 46.84 crore), Fatehabad (14.8 crore) and Panchkula (Rs 10.57 crore). Other districts affected by the violence were Hisar, Jhajjar, Rewari, Palwal, Yamunanagar etc. As many as 36 people had died in the violence at Panchkula.
The revised total loss to Haryana government due the violence has been submitted by the advocate general of the state to Punjab and Haryana high court. The high court is hearing the matter related to the violence, in which a number of accused, including some close aides of Ram Rahim have been arrested.
Recently, another close aide of rape convict Ram Rahim was arrested by Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Haryana police, which is probing into the Panchula violence carried out by Dera followers. The accused was Dr MP Singh, alias Mahender Insan, a doctor, who allegedly used to perform castration on Dera followers. Dr MP Singh, alias Mahender Insan, was arrested from Dera Sachcha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa.
Mahender Insan had been absconding since a case was registered against him in Chandigarh on August 28 last.
Ram Rahim was sentenced by a CBI judge in a makeshift court in the Sunaria jail. Reports had then said that Ram Rahim broke down and asked for forgiveness with folded hands when the sentence was read out.
Ram Rahim was found guilty of raping his two female followers in 2002.