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Dera chief sentencing: Tight security in Punjab and Haryana

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Chandigarh: On an expected note, Haryana and Punjab were on high alert today with comprehensive security arrangements in place, more so in sensitive areas to deal with any situation following the sentencing of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by a CBI court in Sunaira jail in Rohtak.

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According to the official sources, a multi-layer security cordon manned by police and 23 companies of paramilitary forces has been thrown in and around Rohtak and also around the Sunaria Jail, which lies on the outskirts of the city limits.

The Army has been kept on standby.

And not much of a surprise that authorities are geared up in order to prevent a repeat of the mayhem on Friday last following the 50-year-old sect chiefs conviction. The violence claimed 32 lives in Panchkula and six in Sirsa, besides leaving over 260 injured.

Rohtak Deputy Commissioner Atul Kumar has told mediapersons that police will not hesitate in opening fire at those spreading violence.

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CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh is being flown to Rohtak and the sentence is expected to be handed out at around 2:30 pm.

“Maintaining law and order is the top priority for the Haryana Police today,” DGP B S Sandhu said.

A special court room has been made within the Sunaria jail, Rohtak Range IG, Navdeep Singh Virk said.

“The judge will be flown in by a special helicopter and will land in the helipad near to the Sunaria jail (on the outskirts of Rohtak city),” Virk said.

“We have also been provided 23 companies of paramilitary forces by the Central government. We have sufficient forces and we have deployed them. We are on our toes 24×7 and we are 100 per cent certain that there will be no untoward incident,” he said, adding the Army, however, will be on standby.

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He said it will be ensured that no Dera follower is allowed to enter entire Rohtak district or to move near to the jail.

“For that we have made set up special barricades across entire Rohtak district. Also, we have made special arrangements to ensure safety of Rohtak and neighbouring towns. For this purpose, several barricades with strong police presence have been set up,” he said today.


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