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Security tightened ahead of tomorrow's hearing in 2 murder

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Contingents of paramilitary troops and the Police have been deployed in Panchkula as security arrangements were tightened ahead of tomorrow's hearing in two cases against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Fifty-year-year-old Ram Rahim Singh will appear before a special here through video conferencing from the Rohtak jail where is lodged after being sentenced to 20 years in prison in two rape cases.


The is hearing the cases of of journalist Chhatrapati and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh.

"We have made adequate security arrangements ahead of the hearing in the cases," B S Sandhu said here today.

Contingents of paramilitary troops and the Police have been stationed in Panchkula to prevent any untoward incident, he said.

"The hearing in the cases against Ram Rahim, who is lodged in Sunaria jail in Rohtak, will be conducted through video conferencing," Sandhu said.

Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 year in jail sentence on August 28 in the two rape cases by the special

Several parts of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan had witnessed large-scale violence following his conviction in the two rape cases on August 25.

While forty-one people were killed in in the violence, no deaths were reported from Punjab and Rajasthan.

counsel H P S Verma said, "The final arguments in the two murders cases will start tomorrow."

Sirsa-based journalist Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002 after the evening newspaper 'Poora Sach', owned by him, published an anonymous letter narrating how women were allegedly being sexually exploited by the sect head at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. He died later.

The second case relates to the of former Dera manager Ranjit Singh who was allegedly shot dead in 2002. He was murdered for his suspected role in the circulation of the anonymous letter, which had made the sexual exploitation allegations, according to the prosecution

The Punjab and High had in November 2003 ordered a probe into the of Chhatrapati and Ranjit Singh after the families of both the victims approached the

The had filed the charge sheet in the cases on July 30, 2007.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 17:28 IST
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