445 Trains cancelled over Dera violence

Ram Rahim Supporters also set 2 Railway Stations afire in Punjab. Malout and Balluanna Railway stations which falls under the Ambala Division of Northern Railway were partially torched by the angry followers as violence spread across Punjab in the aftermath of the court’s verdict, officials said.

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.

“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 as violence spread across Punjab in the aftermath of the court’s verdict, officials said. Two railway stations in Punjab were set on fire by followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, soon after the self-styled godman was convicted in a rape case by a CBI court in Panchkula in Haryana today.

“Two stations have been affected and we are still getting inputs on the extent of damage. No injuries have been reported so far,” Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma told PTI. The Northern Railway had cancelled 211 trains to and from Haryana since August 23 up to August 27.

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.
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