Punjab, Haryana on alert ahead of Gurmeet Ram Rahim's rape case verdict

Ebony Scott
August 23, 2017

The court has asked self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim to be present during the verdict.

Panchkula: Over 10,000 Dera Sacha Sauda followers have entered Panchkula despite police being on alert to prevent them laying a siege to the city in the run-up to the court verdict in an alleged rape case against sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25.

Another report in Outlook said that Dera followers have even issued violent threats against India and footage of them in Panipat showed them armed with batons. Apart from this, revenue and other officials have also been asked to maintain coordination with Dera followers in villages.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of Panchkula Ashok Kumar had said that elaborate arrangements have been made to maintain law and order and ensure smooth flow of traffic in the area. While cars and trucks have been banned from the roads near the court on Thursday and Friday, a cricket stadium in Chandigarh is being prepped as a temporary jail to lodge the protesters and law-breakers.

Warning against any attempts to disrupt peace, he said that his government would not allow any disruption of law and order at any count and directed the state police to thwart any attempt to destroy peace.

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On Tuesday, Security forces in many parts of the Punjab and Haryana have conducted flag marches and reviewed the security arrangements in the two states. The administration also held a special meeting with dera followers.

Ram Niwas, additional chief secretary (Home) Haryana said that Section 144 had been imposed in all districts and carrying sticks or weapons was prohibited at Naam Charcha Ghar of Dera followers. Anti-social elements or any other person who would try to disturb law and order would be arrested.

Security forces have been pressed into service in border areas and the Centre has already been requested to provide 115 companies of paramilitary forces.

Ram Niwas said leave of police personnel had been cancelled and Home Guards were called on duty.

Niwas said the state government has appointed senior IAS officer V Umashankar, with the district administration, Sirsa. "All state borders have been sealed and inter-state and inter-district vehicular activities are closely monitored", he said.

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