Ahead of a scheduled verdict by a CBI court in an alleged rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, both Punjab and Haryana have been put on high alert. There are reports that thousands of his followers have gathered in Panchkula.
On Tuesday, Security forces in many parts of the Punjab and Haryana have conducted flag marches and reviewed the security arrangements in the two states.
Punjab Director General of Police (law and order) has issued an alert to all Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs), Inspector Generals (IGs) and Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) in the wake of upcoming court verdict in the sexual exploitation case.
According to The Indian Express, Punjab’s Director General of Police Suresh Arora said: “It has come to the notice that Dera Sacha Sauda Sirsa premise has started storing petrol, diesel in drums at Naam Charcha Ghars in district Faridkot. They have stored sharp-edged weapons and stones on the roof of Naam Charcha Ghars.”
In the letter to district police chiefs, IGs and DIGs across the state DGP clearly stated that: “You are therefore directed to deploy sufficient manpower and to make adequate law and order arrangements to ensure that all necessary steps including preventive and precautionary are taken so as to ensure nothing untoward takes place.”
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s followers have even issued violent threats against India. He has been accused by a former female follower of raping her more than once. A Special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Haryana’s Panchkula will pronounce its verdict on August 25.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh warned against any attempts to disrupt peace in the state. The government would not allow any disruption of law and order at any count and all necessary steps are already being taken.