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High alert before Ram Rahim Singh’s sentence

A state government helicopter will fly the judge to Rohtak on Monday morning. The sentencing is likely to take place around 2.45 pm. Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who was pronounced guilty on Friday, will get a minimum of seven years in jail, and could be sentenced for up to life. 

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: August 28, 2017 5:15 am
Security forces deployed at main chowks and near Rohtak jail premises to keep unwanted elements at bay in wake of punishment announcement to Gurmeet Ram Rahim. Express Photo

A three-tier security ring has been thrown around Rohtak’s Sunaria district jail where CBI special judge Jagdeep Singh will on Monday pronounce the quantum of sentence on Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda, who has been convicted of rape. A state government helicopter will fly the judge to Rohtak on Monday morning. The sentencing is likely to take place around 2.45 pm.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who was pronounced guilty on Friday, will get a minimum of seven years in jail, and could be sentenced for up to life. Twenty-four of the 38 killed in the violence following the conviction had been identified until Sunday evening. Police have registered 52 FIRs over the last two days, and arrested 926 people.

Barring an assault on a TV crew in Sirsa, no violent incident was reported in Haryana on Sunday. Out of the 131 Sacha Sauda deras in the state, 103 had been sanitised. Police have booked Dera spokespersons Dr Aditya Insan and Dhiman Insan for sedition based on the statement of a journalist who reported that the two men had instigated Dera followers to violence in Panchkula.

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“We are yet to arrest Aditya and Dhiman. Investigations are on,” Haryana Director General of Police B S Sandhu said. Police will carry out a thorough search of the Dera’s headquarters in Sirsa after the sentencing on Monday, Sandhu said.

All educational institutions, including government and private schools, colleges and other institutions, in Haryana will remain shut on Monday. Special security arrangements have been made in the districts of Rohtak, Sirsa, Panchkula, Kaithal, Ambala, Bhiwani, Jind, Hisar and Fatehabad. A total of 23 paramilitary companies have been deployed in and around Rohtak.

The national capital was on high alert ahead of the sentencing. Delhi Police has identified around 275 sensitive locations, and deployed over 20,000 police personnel, along with several platoons of central paramilitary forces, to deal with any untoward incident.

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Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma said, “We have made adequate security arrangements in all areas and have deployed additional reserve force of the Delhi Police, along with central paramilitary forces… All supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh are on our radar.”

Verma said prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC, which were imposed on all 11 districts of the capital, Noida and Ghaziabad on Friday, will continue until further orders. The Delhi Police Special Branch has informed Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik that there are 3,800 families of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s followers in Delhi, sources said.

The state government has begun compiling details of the Dera’s assets, which it has to submit to Punjab and Haryana High Court on the next date of hearing.(Express Photo)

In Haryana, Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas ordered suspension of mobile Internet, data services and SMS across the state until 11.30 am on Tuesday. Internet lines on the premises of the Dera headquarters in Sirsa have been suspended until August 29.

“The decision has been taken considering the critical law and order situation and to maintain peace and communal harmony, and to prevent any loss of life or further damage to public and private property,” Ram Niwas said. “It has been reported by IG/CID that the situation is tense and violence may again continue for several days, especially on August 28, when the quantum of punishment will be announced.

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“Besides, it has been reported by Deputy Commissioner, Sirsa, and Superintendent of Police, Sirsa, that the devotees may resort to breach of peace and tranquillity, and arson leading to damage to public and private properties… Since the environment is tense, rumours of different kinds may be spread through broadband and Internet lease lines on the premises of Dera Sacha Sauda”, Ram Niwas said.

The Army has cordoned off the Dera headquarters. The Sirsa district administration bussed followers out of the Dera on Sunday. A large number of followers had left the Dera headquarters by 5 pm, Sirsa Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh said.

The DC has ordered the freezing of the Dera’s bank accounts. The state government has begun compiling details of the Dera’s assets, which it has to submit to Punjab and Haryana High Court on the next date of hearing.

Sunaria jail is located around 10 km outside Rohtak city. “From the security point of view, handling any sort of post-sentencing situation shall be better in Sunaria than in Ambala,” said a senior police officer, referring to the government’s initial plan of taking the Dera chief to Ambala jail, which is located in the middle of the city.

“To prevent any unauthorised entry into Rohtak tomorrow, the district police have barricaded all entry-exit points of the city. We have also made special arrangements for the media so that they can do their coverage in a proper and safe manner”, Navdeep Virk, Inspector General of Police, Rohtak range, said.

“There is no crowd build-up so far, neither in nor around Rohtak city and also not around Sunaria jail. We are alert round the clock. We shall ensure all security arrangements till the verdict is pronounced. Media reports that 12,000-15,000 dera followers have entered Rohtak are baseless. There has also been a complete clampdown on the dera’s centres (naam charcha ghars) in and around Rohtak,” Virk said. He added that the Army has been kept on standby, and shall be called in, if needed.

Rohtak Deputy Commissioner, Atul Kumar, said things were “peaceful” and the district administration was “fully prepared to deal with any sort of situation”. Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) prohibiting assembly of five or more persons, and carrying of firearms and other weapons, is in place in Rohtak.

Dr Hardeep Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehabad, said, “Peace is prevailing in the district and situation is normal. District administration of Fatehabad has imposed Section 144 till September 18.” He added that in Fatehabad, fuel pumps shall be shut at night.

The Kaithal district administration has appointed 36 duty magistrates at checkpoints across the district. Ambala Deputy Commissioner Sharandeep Kaur Brar said, “Section 144 was in force in the district since August 21, and shall remain in force till further orders.” Anshaj Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Bhiwani said, “District administration has sealed naam charcha ghars of Dera Sacha Sauda situated at village Baliyali, Bhiwani-Tosham Road, and Bawani Khera.”

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    jay komerath
    Aug 29, 2017 at 2:07 am
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      John Joseph
      Aug 28, 2017 at 8:45 am
      In christianity the baba are called godmen or evangelists. Let me show you some of the christian preachers who became billionaires and were raping and having secx with cheap proost utes. Swaggart’s confession where he declared to his congregation on television, “I have sinned against you, my christian Lord”, became an iconic image of the 1980s In 1986, evangelist Jimmy Swaggart began on-screen attacks against fellow christian baba televangelists Marvin Gorman and Jim Bakker. He uncovered Gorman’s affair with a member of Gorman’s congregation, and also helped expose Bakker’s infidelity (which was arranged by a colleague while on an out-of-state trip). These exposures received widespread media coverage. Gorman retaliated in kind by hiring a private investigator to uncover Swaggart’s own adulterous indiscretions with a prosst ute. Swaggart was subsequently forced to step down from his pulpit for a year and made a tearful televised apology
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        Aug 28, 2017 at 8:40 am
        Arya-na-->HARYAna. Last bastion of aryans. It is they who manipulate the charges. It's like this: Just to contain a group that is against ARYAN AGENDA, file a frivolous case against the leader. In this case the frivolous charge was through an anonymous letter that he raped women. Then send retired thugs to make deals with him. If he refuses to budge proceed with the case and ask the judges to just like that convict him. It is a political card. It happens to all politicians who are against ARYAN AGENDA. Not many people are aware of such a criminal strategy of the brahminaryans. They will sacrifice any millions of non-Aryans to achieve their agenda. That is what is happening right now. Awake now and start a revolution. Else brahminaryans will sacrifice everyone in the country!
        1. Rudolph Andrew Furtado
          Aug 28, 2017 at 8:32 am
          Over the centuries various Godmen and Godwomen have been involved in ual scandals and the " Baba Ram Rahim" case is definitely not the last of these scandals the name of Religion it's easy to con people or become a billionaire. Baba Ram Rahims following could be the envy of many a politician in the World let alone India.
          1. Cherian Mani
            Aug 28, 2017 at 6:12 am
            This is what happens when the Judiciary and Media take BIASED STANCE when its is absolutely necessary for "these two pillars of democracy" to BE NEUTRAL to ensure peace and safety of the citizens. This is a clear case of irresponsible behavior of our Judiciary and Media. At ude of opposition parties led by the disgruntled and selfish Congressmen is typical of their lack of respect for DEMOCRACY.
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              Aug 28, 2017 at 8:06 am
              Cherian Mani> If not for the Judiciary this goon would be free and patronized by politicians. This is the 3rd time something like this is happening in Haryana under this same government and this time they knew the time and place all of this would happen, but still took no action. Even the later curtailing of violence was only thanks to the judiciary If it had been a non BJP ruled state they would have been talking about jungle raj even for a single person being attacked. The Government of India cannot have different standards for states depending on which party is in power. BJP ministers like sakshi maharaj are defending this goon even after the judgement so what are you talking about ? The BJP and it's supporters, are very happy to use examples of whenever the Judiciary and the media have harshly criticized the congress, but the moment the BJP is in question then everyone is biased.
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                John Joseph
                Aug 28, 2017 at 8:40 am
                Joe are you here as a brown slave of the christian white supremacy church where children are raped on a daily basis by christian priests padre? The CBI reports to central government and if BJP government wanted they could have easily diluted the case. Instead they went with judiciary. That is a good thing. Congie and muslims divided the country. And yet you find faults with BJP as you are a hate monger.
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