10 army columns deployed in parts of Haryana, Punjab

A burnt bus in Loni. No injuries were reported in the incident

A burnt bus in Loni. No injuries were reported in the incident

"Authorities should ensure that essential facilities are open so that people won't have to face any problem", said Kaur, whose house is about four km away from the Dera headquarters.

"Punjab and Rajasthan states were reviewed, while the situation in Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan has been the same", Mehrishi said.

"What preaching they have is clearly visible", he added. He was taken to Rohtak from Panchkula, along with his adopted daughter Manpreet, in an Army helicopter.

"They should have taken the precautions".

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain and chiefs of paramilitary forces were among others, present at the meeting, media reports said.

CBI court judge Jagdeep Singh, while holding the 50- year-old Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahimchief guilty of rape, said the quantum of sentence would be pronounced on August 28, CBI counsel HPS Verma told reporters outside the court.

The Kurukshetra police Saturday sealed the nine congregation centers of the Dera Sacha Sauda in the district, evicting the followers, and seized over 2,500 lathis and other sharp-edged weapons during a search operation there.

Curfew has been imposed in Patiala, Panchkula, Sirsa, Bhatinda, Ferozpur, Sirsa, Mansa, Muzaffarnagar and Baghpat.

As feared, the dera followers became violent and starting damaging public and private property. Schools and colleges were closed.

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Prohibitory orders have also been enforced in Gautam Budh Nagar district comprising Noida and Greater Noida.

"485 train services have been affected (due to the violence)".

- Instances of violence are deeply distressing.

On the one hand, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted that the law and order situation is being monitored, he hasn't commented on the verdict.

So far more than 100 people have been reported injured in the clashes with violence also breaking out in several places across the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab, police said.

The Dera Sacha Sauda sect has ashrams scattered across 10 states and union territories in India and claims to have 60 million followers worldwide.

- Chandigarh DGP Tejinder Singh Luthra confirmed that taking preventive measures, Chandigarh Police detains 81 people.

Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar directed doctors for best possible treatment.

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