New Delhi, Aug 23, 2017: Ahead of the verdict in the 16 year old sexual exploitation case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Director General of Punjab Police (Law and Order) alerted the top officials by saying that conflict may erupt as the Dera followers have started gathering in huge numbers in Panchukla.
In a warning letter to all zonal IGPs, SSPs and other senior police officers, DGP Punjab Hardeep Dhillon informed that Dera followers were storing sharp-edged weapons, stones, petrol, diesel at Naam Charcha Ghars, where their prayer ceremonies are held in Faridkot.
“If hon’ble court gives verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, head madera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa, then devotees can use petrol and weapons to harm and destroy government properties,” the letter said.
The DGP has also directed the senior police officers to deploy sufficient manpower and to make law and order arrangements to ensure that all necessary steps are taken so as to ensure any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, the authorities tightened security and had asked the police in both states to be on alert. A two-day ban i.e. on 24 and 25 August has been imposed on vehicular movement on roads near Haryana’s Panchkula district court complex in view of the verdict.
The special CBI court in Panchkula will pronounce the judgement in the rape case against Rahim on 25 August and the chief of the Sirsa-headquartered sect has been asked to appear in person.
Self-styled Godman Ram Rahim has been accused by a former female follower of raping her more than once inside the sprawling Dera campus, on the outskirts of Sirsa town in Haryana, 260 km from Chandigarh.