Students from other states enrolled in various colleges in Haryana and Punjab have begun to leave the state fearing violence ahead of the court judgement in a sexual exploitation case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh on 25 August. Eighteen sadhvis (woman followers) were questioned by the CBI and two of them came on record to level allegations of sexual exploitation against Ram Rahim.
Thousands of followers have also congregated at the Dera headquarters at Sirsa. "It is not necessary that the Dera followers will indulge in any untoward incident".
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered withdrawal of 1,000 police personnel from VVIP security for deployment on field duty to strengthen the security blanket in the state. Anticipating trouble if the verdict is not in favour of the Dera chief, mobile Internet and data services across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have been suspended for 72 hours.
Tens of thousands of supporters of a controversial Indian guru marched Thursday on a city where he is standing trial for rape, alarming state authorities who redoubled security and suspended mobile internet services.
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He said the Haryana police personnel have seized umbrellas and other articles from some of the Dera followers who had gathered in Panchkula. Paramilitary forces have been sent in, while police forces are also on stand by.
The judgment in the case will be pronounced by the CBI court in Panchkula on Friday afternoon.
Warning against any attempts to disrupt peace as per reports the government said that there will be not tolerating any disruption of law and order at any count and directed the state police to control it and prevent it at any attempt to destroy peace.
Harcharan Singh, a member of the dera's state committee, said in Malout: "If the decision comes in our favour, we will celebrate it". He informed that 28 trains scheduled for Aug 24, 25 and 26 have been cancelled ahead of the verdict.
All government offices located in Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, will be closed on Friday, a government spokesperson told IANS. Preparations have been made to utilise a cricket stadium in Sector 16 to be used as a temporary jail.