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PM condemns violence, terms it as 'deeply distressing'

PM condemns violence, terms it as deeply distressing

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday night strongly condemned the "deeply distressing" violence that swept Haryana and some other states after conviction of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case and appealed for peace.

Modi reviewed the situation with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and said officials have been asked to work round-the-clock to restore normalcy.

"The instances of violence today are deeply distressing.

I strongly condemn the violence & urge everyone to maintain peace," he tweeted.

"The law & order situation is being closely monitored. I reviewed the situation with the NSA & Home Secretary," the prime minister said.

"Urged officials to work round-the-clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required," he added.

At least 30 people were killed and over 250 injured in violence that took place in Haryana after the maverick head of Dera Sacha Sauda was convicted of rape in a 2002 case.

Arson was also witnessed in Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan within a few hours of the pronouncement of the judgement by the CBIcourt here in the 2002 case.

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