Ram Rahim verdict: Rajnath assures Haryana CM Khattar of security

Ram Rahim verdict: Rajnath assures Haryana CM Khattar of security

The High Court, while hearing a PIL on Thursday over the congregation of almost 2 lakh Dera members in the town of Panchkula, instructed the Ram Rahim-led outfit to appeal its supporters to move back.

A copy of the letter sent by DGP (Law and Order), Punjab, to all the senior police officers of the state. "These columns are coming from the western command in Chandimandir".

In order to maintain law and order, the Punjab government has received 75 companies of central forces so that the law and order will be maintained properly.

Beside these express trains, 11 passenger trains were also cancelled. Work services related to internet connectivity including the IT companies whose lifeline is internet connectivity to run the show, many professionals now have to wait for the governments decision to withdraw the curfew imposed on the mobile internet and data services in Chandigarh & tricity region. State transport buses will not ply to Haryana that day.

A notification in this regard was being issued, he added.

The mass gathering led to Haryana and Punjab police officials setting various units around the two States, along with taking assistance from para-military forces as well. Around 7000 police personnel are deployed in the area.

The Court, in fact, said it would take action against the Director General of Police in case the state failed to ensure security.

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Duty magistrate have been deployed at all locations. But it was only in April 2002 that an anonymous complaint by the victim reached the Punjab and Haryana high court.

Keeping in view threat by the dera folowers the Chandigarh administration has declared cricket stadium of sector 16 as jail to lodge the protestors in case they are arrested. The police would keep vigil on anti-social elements through drone cameras and surveillance of the entire area would be conducted, he said. All liquor vends in Panchkula have been closed from today till August 26.

The court further directed the Centre to make its own assessment and told Haryana government to monitor the situation closely and make all arrangements to deal with any situation. Teaching work in all the universities and colleges in the state will remain suspended on August 25.

It must be mentioned here that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been accused by one of his follower of rape and not once but a couple of times in the Dera campus, which is on the outskirts of Haryana's Sirsa town.

Almost 2 lakh members of his outfit - Dera Sacha Sauda - are camping in Panchkula, which compelled the Punjab and Haryana High Court to rap the administration on Thursday.

'The situation at the Dera properties is being constantly monitored. They are all ready to camp at night on roads and other places before tomorrow's verdict.

According to the Haryana Home Department's Additional Chief Secretary, Ram Niwas, Section 144 has been imposed across Haryana as a preemptive measure.

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