ALSO READHearing begins in murder cases against Ram Rahim Ram Rahim on trial again, attends hearing in murder cases: Key facts Security tightened in Panchkula ahead of Dera chief's hearing in murder cases Security tightened ahead of tomorrow's hearing in 2 murder Security tightened ahead of tomorrow's hearing in 2 murder cases against Dera head
He retracted his statement in 2012, but now, Khatta Singh, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's former driver and a witness in the murder cases filed against him, has moved an application in a special CBI court here to record a fresh one.
"Khatta Singh changed his 2007 statement in 2012 out of fear. With the changed circumstance, he has decided to appear before the court and give his statement," said Singh's lawyer.
"I was scared that they would kill me and my son, we were threatened," Khatta Singh told the reporters here.
The security was tightened in Panchkula town ahead of the hearing of two separate murder cases against the Dera Chief.
Dera followers and functionaries had allegedly murdered Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh in 2002 on Chief Ram Rahim's orders.
He has been completing his sentence in Sunaria Jail near Rohtak. Since he can't be physically produced before the court, the hearing is taking place via a video call.
In August, Dera followers in Panchkula had assembled ahead of the hearing of rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief.
Violence had broken out in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana and Punjab as well as in Delhi after the verdict against Ram Rahim was announced, wherein 38 people died while 264 were injured.
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