With violence being reported from Punjab and Haryana following the conviction of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate action to ensure the safety of life and property of all citizens. 

In a letter to Modi, Pinarayi said he has been personally receiving calls from Kerala natives living in north Indian states, who fear threat to their life and property following he violence. The Kerala CM also wanted the Centre to take strict action against those behind the unprecedented acts of violence. 

"May I request you to take immediate and necessary steps to ensure the life and property of all our citizens and action against those who indulged in violence", the Pinarayi said in the letter to the PM, a copy of which was released to the media. 

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"It is worrying that widespread instances of violence, rioting and arson are being reported in several north Indian states following the verdict convicting Gurmeet Ram Rahim by a CBI special court in Panchkula. I have personally been receiving calls from Malayalis from the affected areas, who are in fear for their life and property. May I request you to take immediate and necessary action to ensure that the life and property of all our citizens are protected without fail," the Kerala CM pointed out in the letter.

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At least 32 people have been killed and hundreds injured as security forces fired at rampaging mobs in Panchkula after a CBI court held Ram Rahim guilty of rape and sexual exploitation.

The Dera supporters set hundreds of vehicles on fire and also attacked mediapersons. Curfew has been imposed in a number of towns in 10 districts in Punjab and in three towns in Haryana, including Panchkula and Sirsa, following the violence. Also, prohibitory orders were issued by the police in Delhi-NCR.