Haryana on Friday witnessed yet another massive violence by the supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh after a CBI court ruled him guilty in a rape case. Dera chief supporters crippled the state of Haryana and at least 28 people died and over 250 were injured in clashes.
The security arrangements made by the Khattar government did not seem enough and despite anticipations of clashes, adequate safety measures were not taken by the government.
Manohar Lal Khattar, a one-time MLA was picked up for the Chief Minister’s post just after his political debut. But his tenure so far has not been very successful and in three years of his government, Haryana witnessed 3 major public-police confrontations.
Violence after Gurmeet Ram Rahim verdict is the third incident of public’s direct confrontation with police and security forces. Earlier, during Jat agitation in 2016, massive violence erupted in the state of Haryana after protester went berserk and 30 people were killed in a span of just three days.
Security measures taken by the Khattar government were questioned by the opposition as the situation of lawlessness captured the state.
Jat agitation wasn’t the only case, in 2014, similar situation had emerged during the arrest of self-styled Godmen Sant Rampal of Hisar’s Satlok Ashram.
On the directions of High Court, Haryana police went to arrest Sant Rampal after he failed to appear before the court but supporters of the ‘Godmen’ didn’t want their Guru to be arrested and they started attacking police with petrol bombs and sharp edged weapons.
Police had to launch an operation to nab Rampal and at least six persons including an infant died in the standoff between his supporters and police.
There is an old saying, “once bitten, twice shy” but in case of BJP-led Haryana government this phrase could be rearranged as “always bitten, never shy.”