Sadhvi rape: Punjab, Haryana on high alert

25 August, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Ram Rahim in rape case Punjab Haryana India news National news Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh

Thousands of "Premis" (followers) of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda are thronging Panchkula in support of their chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in case the court verdict goes against him in the rape case.

May 2002; High Court orders an inquiry into an anonymous complaint by a woman alleging sexual exploitation by Sect chief. Bathinda and Mansa districts, which have a sizeable number of dera followers, share their border with Sirsa, the sect headquarters. Though the trial in the alleged rape case began almost six years after the CBI booked Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2008.

It was reported that Punjab, Haryana on high alert after violence by Dera Sacha Sauda followers feared in the city.

Internet Services including the mobile internet and data services in the regions of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh are going to get a severe hit as an effect of the case Gurmeet Ram Rahim in the region.

The Centre has sanctioned an additional 10 companies of paramilitary forces to maintain law and order in the state. "Internet services could also be disrupted, if required", he said.

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Furthermore, all private and government schools in Panchkula are slated to remain shut on August 24-25.

The Punjab police have increased their measures because Dera followers were seeing stocking up on drums filled with petrol and diesel, sharp-edged weapons and stones at Naam Charcha Ghars in Faridkot.

The judges clearly said that the High Court could initiate actions against the Director General of Police in case the state failed to ensure security. Truckloads of followers have already started arriving at the premises of the court since the last two days. "We are in touch with the Western Command and the South Western Command", Singh said.

The Haryana Government has declared the Chaudhary Tau Devi Lal Stadium Complex, Sector-3 in Panchkula and Dalbir Singh Indoor Stadium in Sirsa as "Special Jails" with immediate effect, till further orders. The exams were scheduled for Friday, the day a CBI court will pronounce the verdict. "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".

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told the media in Chandigarh on Thursday evening that the Punjab government and police were fully prepared to deal with any situation emerging after the court verdict.

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