445 trains cancelled as violence erupts after Dera verdict, prohibitory orders in UP, Delhi, Rajasthan districts


As many as 445 trains have been cancelled due to the law and order situation in Punjab and Haryana as Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in a rape case, officials said today.

“485 train services have been affected (due to the violence). Of these, 445 stood cancelled,” Neeraj Sharma, spokesperson, Northern Railway, said.

The Railways said the accumulative figure for cancelled trains on six days, since August 23 till August 28, was at 445.

Malout and Balluanna railway stations in Punjab were partially burnt by angry followers of the Dera chief, officials said.

“Two stations have been affected and we are still getting inputs on the extent of damage. No injuries have been reported so far,” Sharma said.

Before the court verdict, the 50-year-old Dera head had appealed to his followers to maintain peace. At least 30 people have lost their lives in the violence after the verdict was announced.

Meanwhile, prohibitory orders have been imposed in all but two districts of Delhi, nine districts of Uttar Pradesh and a district of Rajasthan following widespread violence in Haryana and other places after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief in a rape case.

Official sources said no casualty has been reported from Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, adding that no curfew has been imposed in these regions.

According to a spokesperson of the home ministry, Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in nine districts of Uttar Pradesh namely Meerut, Saharanpur, Samli, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha, Bulandshahar, Baghpat and Hapur.

Under the section, assembly of five or more persons is prohibited.

The situation in Uttar Pradesh is under control, the spokesperson said.

According to the command room in Delhi, section 144 CrPC has been imposed in all districts of the national capital, except central and north districts, he said.

In Rajasthan, as per state DGP control room in Jaipur, prohibitory orders have been imposed in Hanumangarh district, the spokesperson said.

Besides, three to four unidentified persons set ablaze office of station master at Bohra Railway Station in Kota rural district, where the situation is now under control, he added.

(With PTI inputs)