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Dera followers take self-security measures

As Dera Sacha Sauda and Sikh conflict worsens, followers of the Dera sect have taken charge of the security of their homes to prevent any untoward incident.

Bhatinda, May 24 : As Dera Sacha Sauda and Sikh conflict worsens, followers of the Dera sect have taken charge of the security of their homes to prevent any untoward incident.

Sikhs have demanded an apology from Dera leader, Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for portraying himself as Guru Gobind Singh through an advertisement. The Baba has denied any wrongdoing.

In Bhatinda, Dera followers have taken up night vigil of their localities, giving security cover to the houses of even those who fled after the violence flared up.

"I want to tell my friends who have fled Punjab that they can return without fear. The situation is normal. We are taking care of their houses and businesses," said Baldev Sharma, a Dera follower.

Sikhs continue to vent their anger against the sect.

"The mistake committed by the guru can be overlooked only when he apologizes. He should tender an apology to restore normalcy in the state," said Sardar Ajit Singh, a Sikh leader.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has called a meeting of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to find a solution to the issue, which has spread even beyond the State's boundaries.The Dera sect, which has thousands of followers, says it is a social organisation that believes in the oneness of God and does not adhere to a particular faith, although its leader wears a turban and has a long beard in the Sikh style.

One person was killed and over 50 were injured in sectarian clashes in different cities, mainly in Punjab, Haryana and Jammu last week.

ANI

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