At least 30 people are dead and over 250 injured during the violent clashes which emerged after a special CBI court in Panchkula on Friday pronounced Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of raping and sexually exploiting two female disciples.

The aftermath produced vicious clashes in Panchkula and elsewhere in Haryana with the violence spreading to Punjab and even reaching the national capital. The hooligans till overnight set 3 states ablaze in which media broadcast vans, railway stations and offices were torched like there’s no tomorrow.

Just because the court in Panchkula found self-styled spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of raping two women, curfew was imposed in 10 Punjab districts and in 3 Haryana towns, including Panchkula and Sirsa, which even saw the deployment of Indian army.
While this holy man’s followers went on a rampage, Haryana Chief Minister, M L Khattar said that he’s “closely monitoring the situation and will take strict action against those perpetrating the violence”.

The whole city of Haryana is in flames, where were you Mr CM all this while? You let your state burn and then you say you are monitoring the situation. When thousand of this so called holy man’s followers or shall we say goons were trooping into Panchkula for the past 3 days and parking themselves right outside the court, you allowed more than a lakh of them to congregate knowing exactly that there would be chaos next.

If this is a joke then nobody is laughing, that’s because dozens of people have lost their lives and hundreds are injured. There has been a huge loss of public property, there’s violence on our streets and nobody is buying your excuses and feeble defence this time around.
The question we need to ask tonight is does the Haryana Chief Minister needs to go? Remember he’s the man who first allowed the unprecedented ‘Jat agitation’ on his watch and is now watching helplessly the goons of a fraud and allegd rapist masquerading as a holy man running riot.

Is it time for Mr Khattar to be shown the door? From Asaram and Rampal to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, what is it about these self styled holymen and their unholy nexus with politicians that more often than not allows them to get away literally with murder?