Ahead of verdict in rape case on Dera Sacha Sauda chief, heavy police deployment in Punjab, Haryana

State borders sealed, scores of police and paramilitary forces deployed as verdict in the rape case against Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh nears

Published: 22nd August 2017 10:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd August 2017 08:03 AM   |  A+A-

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leader of the organisation Dera Sacha Sauda at a press conference to promote his film The Messenger of God in 2015. (File Photo | EPS/K K Sundar)

Express News Service

CHANDIGARH: In view of the upcoming court verdict in the rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25 at a special CBI court,  both the Punjab and Haryana police have deployed personnel on law and order duty.

The Centre has also given more than 110 companies of paramilitary forces to both states. Punjab has been given 75 companies of paramilitary forces and neighboring Haryana 35 companies. In the 70,000 strong Punjab police every personnel has been deployed on law and order duty.

A senior police functionary said, “The Punjab Armed Police has deployed 50 companies and 19 anti riot units, personnel in offices of senior and junior officers, NRI, EOW and all other wings, police headquarters’ and vigilance bureau have been deployed.’’

Two DGPs, three Additional DGPs, eight IGPs besides regular senior police officers have been deployed for the purpose in Punjab. As DGP (Law and Order) HS Dhillon will be nodal officer in this regard.
In an order issued by Punjab chief secretary Karan A Singh, gazetted officers have been endowed with magisterial powers to deal with disruption in law and order in August, said sources.
Heavy police deployment has been made in Bhatinda, which shares its border with Sirsa -- the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda. Police are intouch with Dera followers and have appealed to them to maintain peace.

Punjab DGP Suresh Arora on Tuesday also visited Bhatinda and other sensitive districts bordering Haryana Tuesday morning for a first-hand assessment of security arrangements. Besides Bhatinda, the DGP also visited Mansa, Moga, Patiala, Ludhiana Rural, Fatehgarh Sahib and Mohali.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh said his government would not allow any disruption and directed police to thwart any attempt to destroy peace. Sale of loose petrol, diesel and other inflammable material has been banned across Punjab and Haryana. The Panchkula district administration has asked not to allow more than two people can stay in a room.

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.
Niwas said 35 companies of the paramilitary forces had already reached the state and security forces have been pressed into service in border areas.

Leave of police personnel had been cancelled and Home Guards were called on duty. “We have adequate police force and nakas are being laid where all vehicles will be checked.
All state borders have been sealed and inter-state and inter-district vehicular activities are closely monitored”, he said.

Duty magistrates have been deployed at all locations.
Haryana DGP BS Sandhu said he had visited nine sensitive districts.  Dera followers known as ‘Premis’ have already made up their mind to reach the special CBI court in Panchkula on Friday.

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