CM of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, has ruled out compensation to Punjab residents who were killed in Panchkula riots.
Lauding the security forces for maintaining law and order in the aftermath of the conviction of Ram Rahim by a special CBI court, he said, “The government provides compensation to martyrs and to those killed in road mishaps, but not to those who break the law.”
The CM visited Mansa, Maur, Bathinda, Balluana, Gidderbaha and Malout to ascertain the damage to property and life by dera followers. After the inspection he confirmed that situation was under control and peace prevailed in the state.
He said the state’s defence mechanism was on toes to tackle any untoward situation two weeks ahead of the verdict against the dera chief.
The CM said it was up to the Union government to take decision on ordering a probe into the collapse of law and order that led to anarchy and violence in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi on Friday. Things would have remained normal if Haryana Police had not allowed a build-up of dera followers in Panchkula.
He said after the Panchkula violence, 200 vehicles were pressed into service to ferry dera followers to their native villages in Punjab. “The idea behind deploying vehicles was that dera followers don’t create any law and order problem on their way back to home,” he said.
A day before the court announces the quantum of sentence against the dera chief, the affected regions were peaceful on Sunday. Curfew was lifted during the day, that eased the road transport and Bathinda deputy commissioner on Sunday invited claims for damages in the violence by dera followers. Apparently, the claims can be made with office of DC within seven days.