Army conducts flag march; Sirsa calm and peaceful after Dera verdict

No untoward incident was reported in Sirsa after the pronouncement of the sentence against the Dera Sacha Sauda, who has been convicted in a rape case, said a senior Haryana government official.

Published: 28th August 2017 10:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2017 10:06 PM   |  A+A-

Security forces personnel and police men patrolling the main market in Sirsa after the pronouncement of quantum of sentence for Gurmeet Ram Rahim in the two rape cases on Monday. | PTI

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Army personnel staged flag march and police and paramilitary personnel patrolled the streets in Sirsa, the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda, to maintain law and order after the sentencing of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

No untoward incident was reported in Sirsa after the pronouncement of the sentence against the Dera Sacha Sauda, who has been convicted in a rape case, said a senior Haryana government official.

"There was no report of any untoward incident and I hope that peace will be maintained," IAS officer V Umashankar said.

Curfew has been imposed in the wake of violence that claimed six lives and a joint command of army, police and administration is likely to take a call about it in view of the restoration of peace, the official said.

Senior police officials said that despite peace, no relaxation was allowed in maintaining law and order and flag marches were held to build confidence among the locals and "discourage" miscreants.

Inspector General of Police (Hisar) A S Dhillon said that maintaining law and order was the top priority of the police and administration.

"We have registered criminal cases in violence and nobody will be spared. Presently our priority is to maintain law and order," he said.

A special CBI court today sentenced Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years in prison after his conviction in two rape cases.

CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh pronounced two sentences of 10 years rigorous imprisonment in each of the two cases that date back to 2002, said defence lawyer S K Garg Narwana.

He said both sentences will run consecutively for a total of 20 years in jail for the flamboyant guru who has millions of followers and counts politicians as well as celebrities as his friends.

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