Every news channel over the last three days has been focussing on one big case – the conviction of the Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) chief – Ram Rahim Singh. This cult, which was established in 1948, claims to have more than 60 million supporters worldwide.
On Friday, 25th August, the DSS Chief was convicted by the CBI Court in a rape case, which was taken up suo-moto by the court in 2002. His conviction and subsequent arrest led to widespread protests and clashes between his followers and the police in across parts of Punjab,
His conviction and subsequent arrest led to widespread protests and clashes between his followers and the police in across parts of Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi too.
With such a large supporter base, it is no surprise that some of his followers are a part of the Haryana Police force. In a New Indian Express Report, Haryana Police sources said that a definite attempt was made by the sect chief’s security personnel, who themselves were from Haryana Police and also included private commandos, to help him flee in his private vehicle.
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“The attempt was made by his security personnel to take him away in his vehicle, along with his Z-plus security, from the court complex. They could have taken him to his thousands of followers who had gathered about one kilometer from the court complex after which it would have become very tough for the security forces to arrest him without causing several fatalities,” said a Haryana Police officer in the report.
What saved the situation from developing into something dangerous was the quick thinking of a few Haryana Police officers and paramilitary force personnel who were inside the court complex in Sector 1 of Panchkula.
They sensed trouble and quickly took the convict into their custody after a scuffle with his security personnel.
One of the officers who witnessed the situation from inside the court complex said that in a bid to stop their chief from being taken away, a few commandos even laid down before the vehicle to prevent it from being driven away. They were forcibly lifted, and detained in a separate room immediately and later booked for attempt to murder, sedition and trying to prevent police officials from performing their duty. The arrested commandos have been remanded in police custody.
The police personnel who were also the chief’s followers included an Assistant Sub Inspector and Head Constables. While some of them had no qualms in assaulting their own senior officers – a few others were true to the duty they were given, ensuring attempts to help the DSS chief flee would not materialise. We salute these officers who restore our faith in the system.