A blanket of security has been thrown all over Haryana with deployment of hundreds of Police and para military forces in view of the announcement of the quantum of sentence to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim Singh , who was found guilty in a rape case by the CBI court on August 28.
The 50-year-old self-styled "godman" will not be brought to Panchkula for the sentencing. Judge, Jagdeep Singh, who delivered the verdict on Friday, will be taken to the Rohtak prison where court proceedings will be held.
Refuting media reports regarding special facilities being provided to Ram Rahim Singh in Sunaria Jail in Rohtak, Haryana Director General of Police (Prisons) K P Singh has said the Dera chief is being treated as an ordinary inmate.
He said the Dera Chief, who had been assigned prisoner number 1997, had not been allowed any helpers. He has been kept with other prisoners and no separate arrangements have been made for him.He has been allowed to take only clothes as per jail rules, the DGP added
There is a huge presence of Army and the riot police near the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, where at least 10,000 Ram Rahim followers are believed to be inside. The Army and district authorities have been making announcements through loudspeakers, asking those inside to leave the premises.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas and Director General of Police B S Sandhu claimed that peace is prevailing throughout the state. Curfew has been relaxed in Sirsa and Panchkula and two cases of sedition had been registered against Dera followers.As many as 524 people have been arrested under eight different FIRs registered against the Dera followers.
According to latest reports,36 people have died and over 250 have been injured in the clashes that also spread to other parts of Haryana and Punjab after the conviction.In a severe reprimand to the state government, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has said the many properties of Ram Rahim's sect will be seized to pay for the massive damages caused to public property. Meanwhile, authorities relaxed the curfew for four hours today in some towns in Punjab to enable residents to buy food and other essential items.
After the conviction of the Dera chief on Friday, his supporters rampaged in response, attacking railway stations, petrol pumps and television vans in towns across Punjab and Haryana. Dozens of cars were burning in Panchkula town while a bloodied body lay in the middle of a road. The administration decided to extend the ban on mobile data services in the state till Tuesday. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh announced that 19 potential trouble makers had been taken into preventive custody and the crackdown would continue ahead of the sentencing.
The main leaders of Dera Sacha Sauda, who are likely to instigate followers, are either being taken into confidence or arrested.