Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll at 40-50 before firing first bullet
- PT Bureau
Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll at 40-50 before firing first bullet

Chandigarh: TOP ECHELONS OF BJP and Haryana's Khattar government were not only aware but had actually planned, much in advance, to take strong deterrent action against dera premis who had gathered in large numbers in Panchkula and even calculated the possible death toll as "40-50 people" much before even the first bullet was fired, BJP general secretary in-charge of Haryana Dr Anil Jain has candidly admitted.

Dr Jain gave out significant details about the thinking and decision-making that preceded the action in Panchkula and Sirsa in which 39 people were killed, most of them dera premis. Speaking at the Ideas Exchange programme of Indian Express, Dr Anil Jain, fully aware that his statements were not only on the record but were also being recorded, said: "What happened next was in consultation with me and it was a calculated was contained in two hours; the administration had taken a calculated risk. We were prepared for it — even if we would have to beat them ruthlessly, we would. 40-50 people would be killed, but the civilians of Panchkula would be safe."
When asked why were the dera followers not removed earlier, as the court had directed, he said, "At the time, if we had tried to force them out of the city, there would have been a confrontation. That would have inconvenienced the residents of Panchkula and Ram Rahim would not have left the dera. It would have been very difficult."

 Coming from the senior party leader incharge of party affairs in Haryana, Dr Anil Jain left many in shock when he said: "Not a single civilian died on Aug 25, only (dera) followers." There seemed to be no point in reminding him that the dead were also civilians. Here's the complete quote: "Who are the people who died? The followers. Now if we had tried to force them out on August 23, even then there would have been deaths. Not a single civilian died on August 25."

His explanation for the administration's ability to defend the media? "What happened with the media — their vans were vandalised — that is because they were right at the front, so they couldn’t be protected. Also, the followers were angry with the media and that is why they were attacked."

Media personnel are normally at the frontlines, and crowds often make media their target. Dr Jain did not say which part of it was not known before. (Read here the exchange reported by the Indian Express.)


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