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5 policemen in Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh detail tried to free him, arrested

Two Punjab Police commandos, Rohit and Satvir, who were also part of Ram Rahim’s security cover, fled from the CBI court but were later arrested from Sirsa, on charges of violating the District Magistrate’s orders. 

Written by Saurabh Prashar , Jagdeep Singh Deep | Panchkula | Updated: August 29, 2017 12:05 pm
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They were assigned to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh as his Z+ security cover, but had become his followers over the years. On Friday, after the CBI court pronounced him guilty, at least five of the seven police personnel guarding the dera chief allegedly tried to free him. They have all been arrested and charged with sedition.

The five — ESI (Exempted Sub-Inspector) Krishan Das of Hisar, Head Constable Ajay of Kaithal, EHC (Exempted Head Constable) Ram Singh of Sirsa, EHC Vijay Singh of Sirsa and Constable Balwan of Hisar — are all trained commandos of the Haryana Police. They had been posted as the Dera chief’s security detail for the last eight to 12 years.

Two Punjab Police commandos, Rohit and Satvir, who were also part of Ram Rahim’s security cover, fled from the CBI court but were later arrested from Sirsa, on charges of violating the District Magistrate’s orders.

According to the FIR registered in the case, after Ram Rahim was convicted of rape on Friday, the five Haryana Police personnel tried to free him from police custody. “Pitaji ko jaane nahin denge. Apni gaadi chalao, aur in police vaalon ko kuchal do (We shall not let Pitaji go. Start our car and run over these policemen),” one of them reportedly shouted. Head Constable Ajay then tried to run over the policemen who had taken the dera chief in their custody, says the FIR. Dera Sacha Sauda followers are known to address Ram Rahim as “Pitaji”.

The five Haryana Police personnel, along with Ram Rahim’s two private PSOs (personal security officers), allegedly got into a scuffle with Inspector General of Police, Karnal range, Subhash Yadav. “They misbehaved with me and made an attempt to free the convict. I don’t want to say much in this regard as an FIR has already been registered and the Panchkula police department is investigating,” Yadav told The Indian Express.

The two armed PSOs, Pritam Singh and Khushbir, have also been arrested. Police said they were part of the conspiracy to free the dera chief. Meanwhile, the two Punjab Police personnel, armed with AK-47s and pistols, reportedly fled the spot and returned to Sirsa. But before they could enter the dera’s headquarters in Sirsa, the district police nabbed them and placed them under arrest. All the seven policemen were part of the 12-vehicle security convoy which escorted the dera chief to the CBI court Friday afternoon.

Police sources said that ESI Krishan Das, the oldest of the five Haryana Police personnel, was a follower of the dera for the last 12 years. His parents and family are also known to be dera followers. Sources added that the other four Haryana Police personnel had become Ram Rahim’s followers at least five years ago. “They started following Ram Rahim’s teachings. It is not known if their families had also become the dera’s followers,” said a senior police officer.

The two Punjab Police personnel, on the other hand, were reportedly Ram Rahim’s followers even before they were assigned as part of his security cover about a year back. Their parents are also reported to be dera followers. Both Rohit and Satvir, originally part of the Bathinda police, are currently in the Sirsa police’s custody. The Panchkula police said their involvement in the conspiracy to free the dera chief was also being probed.

A senior officer told The Indian Express that despite repeated orders to report back to Bathinda, Rohit had refused to return, and told the security branch head that he would like to continue to be assigned to the dera chief. The last reminder to return to Bathinda was sent to him on August 22.
Inspector General of Police (Bathinda range) Mukhminder Singh Chhina has contacted Sirsa district police to ascertain the role of the two Punjab Police personnel. The Haryana Police have also initiated a probe to find out how their personnel turned into “dera bhakts”.

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  1. Paul Revell
    Sep 15, 2017 at 11:24 pm
    Looking on, from over here in the UK, I think all those who are aware of this unsavoury case see Gurmeet Singh as being nothing more than a Silver-tongued Confidence Trickster and an Exploiter of People with Underlying ual Motives-- not a "God-Man", as he proclaimed himself to be."Duper-Man" more like. He was certainly a Cunning Duper of the Misled Masses who believed in him. He betrayed the Sikh Ideals long ago.
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    1. Balushree PRO Balushree PRO
      Aug 29, 2017 at 2:48 pm
      "According to the FIR registered in the case, after Ram Rahim was convicted of rape on Friday, the five Haryana Police personnel tried to free him from police custody. “Pitaji ko jaane nahin denge. Apni gaadi chalao, aur in police vaalon ko kuchal do (We shall not let Pitaji go. Start our car and run over these policemen),” one of them reportedly shouted. Head Constable Ajay then tried to run over the policemen who had taken the dera chief in their custody, says the FIR. Dera Sacha Sauda followers are known to address Ram Rahim as “Pitaji”".. The above is IE news report of 29 08 2017. its apparent that the admn. personnel r hands in gloves, they address the so-called accused as "Pitaji". Shame, Shame .... in fact, a thorough investigation be ordered and the 'godman's all bank accounts, moveable, immoveable properties, assets be impounded and attached to the Hon'ble Court. Not a single property be allowed to the accused / convict. Such Godmen r damaging the Nation's integrity.
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        Parth Garg
        Aug 29, 2017 at 1:42 pm
        The policemen were detailed for the Z security of the Baba and they were faithfully discharging their duty. The DM should have withdrawn this security as soon as the Baba was arrested. In fact the DM should be punished for dereliction of duty.
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          raj
          Aug 29, 2017 at 1:42 pm
          If a student shout slogan then he/she is framed as anti national. Here a person with convoy and 1200 litres of flammable material is being caught and no FIR is registered under national security act or POTA.
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          1. Chandan Bhowmick
            Aug 29, 2017 at 2:37 pm
            I do not understand how these police personnel could remain posted for more than 10 years to do the job of body guard.This can not be happen without the indulgence of high police official of Hariana govt.
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            Gagan
            Aug 29, 2017 at 1:37 pm
            BJP is full of such bad thugs. BJP neds to be discarded.
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            1. Balushree PRO Balushree PRO
              Aug 29, 2017 at 2:50 pm
              thus, this is called 'tragedy' of democracy, in other words, "big fish escape the net, only small fish trapped"
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