An additional police force has also been deployed near the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa in Haryana, police said. Violence had erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana in August 2017 following the conviction of Dera sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leaving over 40 persons dead and scores of people injured.
Special CBI court in Panchkula will pronounce its verdict in a case of murder of a journalist allegedly involving Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh today.
High alert has been sounded by the security agencies ahead of the verdict, security in Sirsa, Panchkula and neighbouring regions have been ramped up.
51-year-old self-styled godman, currently serving a 20-year prison term in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail for raping two of his women followers, will appear via video conferencing for the hearing in journalist Ramchandra Chhatrapati’s murder case. He has been named as the main conspirator in the case dating back to 2002.
The court also directed all other accused persons – Nirmal Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Krishan Lal – who are currently out on bail, to be present in the court. “Security has been enhanced in Haryana,” according to Haryana ADGP (Law and Order) Muhammad Akil.