Dera Followers Stock Arms, Fuel Ahead of Ram Rahim Case Verdict

Posted August 25, 2017

Security forces in Haryana and Punjab have been taking out flag marches at many sensitive places.

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said that dera followers would not be allowed to disturb law and order in wake of court gives adverse judgement.

The city of Punjab was put on high alert ahead of a Haryana court verdict this week.

As a precautionary measure, educational institutes will remain closed in Panchkula district and its neighbouring city Chandigarh until Friday. This one is the verdict of the Ram Rahim which is the infamous rape case, in which he is allegedly involved. "Although, I have back pain, I will abide by the law and will go to court".

Meanwhile, Sandhu said the law and order situation in Haryana would be maintained before and after the court's judgment in the case. I have full faith in God. Ranjit Singh is said to have written to the then Prime Minister about sexual exploitation by the Dera chief.

The Home Department of Chandigarh UT today chose to declare the cricket stadium in sector 16 as temporary jail on August 25, the day the special CBI court is to pronounce the verdict in the case against Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh.

Security personnel are also making an appeal to Dera followers to evacuate Panchkula.

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Tens of thousands of supporters of the guru, camped along the roads near the barricaded courthouse in Panchkula Thursday.

Khatta Singh said to ensure the loyalty of his men, Gurmeet Singh has been getting their testicles surgically removed at a Dera-owned hospital in Sirsa. It may be noted that Ranjit Singh's sister, who was teaching at the Dera's girls' school in Sirsa, recorded her statement before a judicial magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC against the Dera chief, accusing him of rape and molestation.

More than 15,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh apart from the state police. Almost 15,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed in Punjab and Haryana to watch the potentially explosive situation.

IANS reported that almost two lakh sect followers have already descended on Panchkula and its nearby places from across the two states and its neighbouring areas.

Nishu Rani, 20, who traveled to Panchkula with 20 family members from the neighboring state of Punjab, said they came to support the spiritual leader. "All police stations have been asked to maintain an adequate force, share area information with control room on an hourly basis and maintain adequate riot control equipment".

The police were keeping a close watch on social media, particularly WhatsApp groups, Facebook and Twitter, and have asked people not to spread rumours, he said. Train and bus services have been suspended.

"Mobile Internet and data services have been suspended for 72 hours in Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh with immediate effect", Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas said.