Army called in Sirsa town ahead of Dera verdict

08/25/2017

SIRSA (INDIA), Aug. 25: The army was called out in Sirsa on Friday ahead of the special CBI Court’s verdict in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, even as senior police personnel are carrying out a flag march in the town and outside the sect’s headquarters.

 

Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh confirmed that a request for five columns of army has been made by the authorities and they were expecting their arrival soon.

The move has come hours before the special CBI court announces its verdict in Panchkula as the authorities apprehend trouble in case the court decision does not go the Dera chief’s way.

 

“Police and paramilitary forces have been carrying out a flag march outside the Dera headquarters, led by ADGP (Headquarters) PK Agarwal and senior IAS officer V Umashankar. Security has been beefed up to maintain law and order in the district,” the DC said.

 

Though no exact estimate of buildup of the followers in Sirsa can be made, a dera spokesperson claimed that over five lakh followers shave arrived in the town ahead of the verdict.

 

Till now, 10 companies of paramilitary forces and an equal number of police jawans have been deployed in the district.THE TRIBUNE

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