Gurgaon on high alert ahead of Dera chief verdict, additional cops deployed

Friday, 25 Aug, 2017

The special CBI court in Panchkula is set to pronounce the judgment in sexual exploitation case against the Dera chief on Friday and he has also been asked to appear in person before the court on the same day.

He is facing charges of raping a former female follower inside the Dera campus, near Sirsa.

The CBI filed a chargesheet on 30 July 2007 and the trial against Ram Rahim began in 2008.

After a probe by the Sirsa sessions and district judge, the probe had been handed over to the CBI that had later booked the Dera chief for rape, criminal intimidation and acts meant to insult the modesty of a woman. More "premis", as the Dera followers are known, were pouring in.

The Home department of the Union Territory, Chandigarh, has declared the cricket stadium in Sector-16, which was associated with early training days of legendary Kapil Dev and has hosted several domestic and worldwide matches, as "temporary jail" on August 25.

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.

Additional Solicitor General Satya Pal Jain apprised the High Court about the deployment of paramilitary forces.

Life came to a grinding halt in Punjab and Haryana as the state governments announced a slew of measures to keep law and order under control.

Too late, said the Punjab and Haryana High Court, after it was informed through a Public Interest Litigation or PIL that over one lakh followers of Ram Rahim have already settled into Panchkula, many of them keen to see their guru, others bent on showing solidarity with him.

In Panchkula, Chandigarh and Punjab section 144 has been imposed.

"The government is just trying to frame him in a false case. Apart from this, leave of the state police personnel has been cancelled", he said.

Sangrur: Vidya Bachao Sangharsh committee convener Purshotam Phagguwala, who has been on fast since August 16 in protest against the FCS Foundation for not releasing funds for five Adarsh Schools, on Wednesday suspended his strike in view of the CBI court's verdict.

Singing in praise of their spiritual leader, his followers in Panchkula, who are still arriving in droves, said they were here just to seek blessings from the "messenger of God".

Security forces have been deployed in Panchkula and other parts of Punjab and Haryana ahead of the court's ruling.