Massive security arrangements have been put in place in Chandigarh and Panchkula as largescale violence feared by followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim who will be appearing in court on Friday for hearing in a rape case against him.
The Dera Sacha Sauda chief is accused of raping two women at his ashram in Sirsa 15 years ago.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has pulled up both the Centre and Haryana government warning them against repeat of Jat agitation-like violence by Dera followers. Thousands of Ram Rahim supporters are already camping in Panchkula, where a special court is scheduled to pronounce its verdict on Friday (August 25).
HERE ARE THE LATEST UPDATES:
- Later on in the night, Gurmeet Ram Rahim sent out a video message asking his supporters, who have been camping in Panchkula, to go back home. He said they should respect the law and maintain peace.
- Police is checking all vehicles entering from Delhi to Haryana.
- Dera spokesperson Dilawar Insan said they are in favour of peace but fear that some anti-social element may take some advantage to “defame the sect”.”Five lakh followers have arrived in Dera. The sect has contributed in various fields to serve humanity,” Dera’s another spokersperson Aditya Insan claimed.
- Dera sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is likely to appear in a special CBI court in Panchkula at 2.30 PM.
- 20 columns of Army will be deployed in Panchkula late on Thursday night along with the paramilitary and state police forces to handle any exigency.
- Director General of Police BS Sandhu said as per the directive of the High Court, police started an eviction drive out Dera followers out of Panchkula.
- All schools and offices to remain open in Gurugram tomorrow. Internet and cellular services to run normal in Gurugram.
- Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today authorised the state DGP to impose curfew, if necessary, to maintain law and order.
- Operation to evacuate Dera supporters from Panchkula begins by police.
- The Army was today called in the highly sensitive Panchkula and Sirsa districts to deal with any law and order situation that may arise in the wake of tomorrow’s court verdict.
- Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today spoke to Union Home minister Rajnath Singh and Defence minister Arun Jaitley and apprised them of the emerging law and order situation.
- Indefinite curfew would be imposed in Sirsa town and three nearby villages from 10 pm tonight as a “precautionary measure” to maintain law and order.
- Sirsa’s Dalbir Singh Indoor Stadium and Panchkula’s Chaudhary Tau Devi Lal Stadium Complex to be designated as a special jail.
- At least 22 trains heading to Haryana on Friday have been cancelled in view of the law and order situation in the state.
- The Punjab Government has declared holiday on Friday for government offices situated at Chandigarh.
- The Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has suspended 150 bus routes to neighbouring states from today midnight till tomorrow.
- 22 trains cancelled in Haryana ahead of court verdict in a rape case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
- Haryana government suspends mobile internet services for the next 72 hours.
- Will direct army if you won’t do the needful: HC to Centre. All necessary steps have been taken, assures Centre.
- A complete ban has been issued on carrying of firearms, with orders to shut down private gun houses selling arms and ammunition to license holders, a spokesperson said after a meeting convened by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to review the state’s security arrangements.