Sirsa, August 28
Reports of unrest trickled in from Sirsa on Monday as followers set light to three cars minutes before Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced.
Violence was reported from Phoolka and Kotli villages in Sirsa. Unrest was also reported outside the Dera headquarters.
Dera chief was given a jail term of 10 years for raping two women.
Indian Army held flag marches in Sirsa after a court passed Ram Rahim Singh’s sentence.
Meanwhile, chief ministers of both Punjab and Haryana held separate review meetings. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met Punjab Governor V. P. Singh Badnore over security arrangments in the state.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held a high-level meeting with chief secretary, home secretary, and the state’s DGP, among other people, to review the state’s law and order.
Security had been beefed up in Sirsa hours before the sentence was announced on Monday.
Though the exodus of Dera followers from the sect’s headquarters in Sirsa started Saturday, several supporters of the self-styled godman are still present in and around the sprawling premises.
Locals have been asked to stay indoors as a preventive measure.
“We have made appropriate arrangements to maintain law and order in the district,” a senior police official said.
The district administration is also providing buses to facilitate the departure of Dera followers.
A multi-layer security cordon has been thrown around the Rohtak district jail, where the CBI special court judge will be flown to pronounce the quantum of sentence against convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh today.
50-year-old Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been lodged in the Sunaira jail in Rohtak after being convicted of raping his two women followers by a special CBI court in Panchkula on Friday. PTI