Ram Rahim Verdict : Punjab, Haryana in lockdown mode

By 25th August 2017 0 Comments


After 200 hearings spread over 10 years and numerous stay orders of higher courts, CBI special trial court in Panchkula will decide the fate of Dera Sira Ram Rahim , who is accused of rape of his female followers, at 2:30 pm today.Mobile internet and data services have been suspended in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh for 72 hours.
Parts of Haryana and Punjab as well as Chandigarh were under a security lockdown on Thursday as Chele of Ram Rahim massed in Panchkula ahead of a verdict in a rape trial against him.
Security has been beefed up with around 5,000 police personnel have been deployed in the city, as authorities are anticipating large-scale violence in case the verdict goes against Ram Rahim.

Fearing trouble, especially if the verdict goes against the controversial Dera chief, thousands of jawans, including 15,000 paramilitary troops, have been deployed in sensitive areas across Punjab and Haryana. Dera Sirsa a has a huge following in Punjab as well as Haryana and both the states are on a high alert. However, in what appeared to be some relief for a stretched administrative machinery, Ram Rahim said on Thursday that he would appear in person before the special CBI court tomorrow while appealing to his followers to maintain peace.
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