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Dera verdict: Mobile internet services suspended in Punjab, Haryana

He said notification to block mobile internet services and data services is being issued

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Curfew-like restrictions in Chandigarh, Panchkula ahead of Gurmeet verdict
Followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim gather at a park in Panchkula on Wednesday, ahead of the court judgement in a sexual exploitation case against him. Photo: PTI

have been suspended for 72 hours in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh, ahead of the court verdict in the sexual exploitation case against the sect head on Friday.

The decision to suspend was taken in a coordination committee meeting of Haryana, Punjab and Union Territory held under the chairmanship of Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, V P Singh Badnore in

"Mobile Internet and have been suspended for 72 hours in Punjab, Haryana and UT with immediate effect," Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (Home) said here today.

He said notification to block and is being issued.

Niwas said it has also been decided that the Ministry of Railways would be requested to immediately stop all passenger trains coming to Chandigarh for two days.

"We have requested the Ministry of Railways to stop the train movement towards Chandigarh for two days," he said.

Similarly, buses of Haryana Roadways coming to Chandigarh and had already been stopped for two days, Niwas added.

He said a joint control room of Haryana and Punjab would be set up at Control Room, Sector-9, Chandigarh where one police officer of both the States would be deployed for better coordination between police administration to maintain law and order in view of the court judgement in the Dera chief case.

Niwas said as per earlier orders, Section 144 was imposed in all districts.

Dera followers were being relocated to secure sensitive areas.

"Dera followers are being flushed out from the sensitive areas," he further said.

Apart from deployment of extra police force, he said 18 companies of paramilitary forces would also remain available by the evening.

He said 10 senior IPS officers have been deployed and two Director General level officers of Police Department have also been appointed to ensure peace and maintaining law and order in the state.

In addition, 100 duty magistrates have been appointed at various locations. Action is being taken by the civil and police administration on the basis of intelligence inputs, he added.

Security agencies in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have been on toes in the wake of Dera followers flocking where the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court is to pronounce verdict in the case tomorrow.

Prohibitory orders have already been clamped in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

First Published: Thu, August 24 2017. 17:21 IST