On August 25, the day the peaceful town of Panchkula convulsed in the rioting triggered by the rape conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the Haryana Police and paramilitary forces fired 1000 rounds to control the mob. Thirty people fell dead to the bullets.
This and other details of that deadly day were revealed to Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar at a review meeting he called on 31 August 2017. In the face of all-round criticism of his government’s handling of the rioting as well as the buildup to it, Khattar asked for a report on how exactly the situation went out of control and what exactly the security forces did in response.
The 1,000 rounds of ammunition expended on the rioters were fired by both Haryana policemen and paramilitary personnel. An examination of the projectiles found in the bodies of the victims indicated that they came from SLRs, carbines and Insas rifles, the kinds used by law enforcement agencies.
The casualties occurred at the HAFED roundabout, the Kalka-Shimla highway that cuts through Panchkula, Devinagar village. Some six people died near house number 472 in Sector 2. Three people died in front of house number 588 in Sector 4.