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Punjab Police registers case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief(With amended headline)

The Punjab Police today registered a case in Bhatinda against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ahead of a meeting of the Akal Takht in Amritsar.

Chandigarh, May 20 : The Punjab Police today registered a case in Bhatinda against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ahead of a meeting of the Akal Takht in Amritsar.

"The State Government has clamped a case under Section 295 (a), deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs, of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief," Harcharan Singh Bains, the media advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, said.

Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh has reportedy apologised to the Sikh community for hurting their sentiments.

"I had no intention of imitating or being disrespectful to Guru Gobind Singh. I had absolutely no intention of equating myself with Guru Gobind Singh," Singh said.

"We never intended to imitate Guru Gobind Singh and, we are regretful of the whole chain of event," the Public Relations Department of the Dera said in a statement issued last night.

The clashes began on Monday after Singh dressed up as Guru Gobind Singh.

Security personnel have been deployed across Punjab in the wake of protests that followed this incident.

Apart from the state police, over 10,000-armed central police have been sent to Punjab and Haryana. The army has also been placed on alert.

The Dera sect, which has tens of thousands of followers, says it is a social organisation that believes in the oneness of god and does not adhere to a particular faith, though its leader wears a turban and has a long beard in the Sikh style.

ANI

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