During a press conference in Chandigarh Saturday, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said he had held a review meeting with top administrative and police officials to assess the law and order situation following which 39 criminal cases had been registered against perpetrators of violence in the state.
Asked whether the Haryana Government had failed to control the situation, Mehrishi said, "In an ongoing situation we can not blame anyone".
The chief minister said that he had authorised the state Director General of Police (DGP) to take any decision he deemed fit, including imposition of curfew if needed, in order to ensure the safety and security of the people. People are not being allowed to come out of their homes.More news: Rugby Championship: New Zealand edge to 35-29 win over Australia
"Grateful to people of Punjab for maintaining peace". He said state governments had full information about crowds pouring in and should have anticipated their likely reaction to the court verdict, but failed to handle the situation effectively.
No incident was reported from 13 remaining districts of Punjab, the government said.
After a CBI court's verdict on Friday, the Dera supporters went berserk setting ablaze vehicles and damaging properties in Haryana's Panchkula town.
Meanwhile, former Harayana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said violence had erupted in Haryana after the verdict and asked the state government to resign.More news: Dozens killed in fresh Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen's capital
Punjab launched search operations at 98 Naam Charcha Ghars of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda across state and recovered lathis, pipes and rods, axes and petrol bombs from the premises.
Khattar and his ministers have been seen associating with Gurmeet Ram Singh, who has several other cases, including that of murder, pending against him, apart from the rape case he was convicted for today.
He revealed that he had spoken and written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his government had also taken up the issue of additional safety for Punjab as far back as August 13, giving everyone ample time to ensure fool-proof security.
The police, paramilitary forces and army personnel who deployed to keep the peace were clearly outnumbered and overwhelmed by the over 1.5 lakh supporters of Ram Rahim Singh, who had been allowed to gather and camp on the roads and parks in Panchkula.More news: Symptoms of solar eclipse eye damage