Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has admitted to lapses in letting the situation go out of control after 31 people were killed when supporters of godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim resorted to violence after their leader was convicted in a rape case.
“This should not have happened…Lapses have been identified and we are taking appropriate steps,” said the CM on Friday evening when the violence spread to neighboring UP, Rajasthan and Delhi apart from Haryana and Punjab.
“Some people have lost lives and vehicles have been set on fire while government property too has been damaged. Some OB vans of the media have also been damaged by the mob,” Khattar added.
“All those who have taken law into their hands will be punished. We have identified some culprits including those who fired (from the mob at security forces), some of whom have been nabbed and action will be taken against them,” he said.
Khattar blamed the large mob when he was asked how thousands of Dera followers managed to reach Panchkula.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had come down heavily on the state government over the mishandling of the situation in Panchkula.
When asked about the High Court rap, Khattar said, “I have to give answer and I will give… If you do not listen to me…”
He also said the state government will provide full compensation within a week to those persons whose property was damaged.
(With inputs from PTI)