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Violence: Punjab pegs losses at Rs 200 crore, prepares bills to recover cost from Dera


The total cost of preventive security measures and the damage done to public and private property in Punjab in view of the rape case verdict on Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been pegged at Rs 200 crore as per state government estimates.

A statement of account will soon be submitted before the High Court.

The HC had earlier said that dera’s property should used to generate money to pay the damages.

Sources said the government has asked various departments to prepare list of the damage and other cost occurred.

“We will submit these bills to the HC and make out a case,” said a functionary.

Punjab would have to pay for deployment of 85 companies of paramilitary forces who were manning the state before and after the verdict said senior functionary of the government.

Punjab had also pressed its 10,000 police personnel in the field to guard important installations, public property and to ensure law and order in the state.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had even ordered withdrawal of security of VVIPs and asked them to fan out in the state.

The government would seek a direction from HC to dera to pay the state.

Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has already submitted to the government that they have incurred losses of Rs 5 crore during the period for which buses did not ply on the roads.

The government had ordered buses not to ply to ensure safety of travellers.

The PRTC had also pressed 200 buses soon after the violence in Panchkula to ferry dera supporters to different parts of Malwa in Punjab.

These buses had made total 600 rounds from Panchkula to different parts in Malwa to ensure the dera supporters reached their destinations.

The government will also seek the cost of running these buses. 

Damage was done to railways stations, power units and electricity grids.

Punjab DGP Suresh Arora was given the state government-owned chopper to fly to different parts to ensure law and order.

The cost of these sorties would also be added to the bill.




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