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Dera verdict: Ram Rahim promises to be present in court, appeals for peace

Both Haryana and Punjab are on high alert to deal with any law and order situation that may arise

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Guru Ram Rahim Singh
Guru Ram Rahim Singh. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@Gurmeetramrahim)

chief Gurmeet on Thursday said he will appear in person before the that is slated to pronounce verdict in the case against him tomorrow and appealed to his followers to maintain

The in Panchkula has asked Gurmeet to remain present in person tomorrow when the verdict in the case will be pronounced.

"I have always respected the Even though I am having a backache, still abiding by law, I will go to (tomorrow). I have full faith in God. Everyone should maintain peace," the sect chief tweeted today.

The case was registered against the Dera chief in 2002 by the on the directions of the and High Court after anonymous letters were circulated about the alleged of two 'sadhvis' (female followers) by

The Dera chief has denied these charges.

Both and are on high alert to deal with any and order issue that may arise. Several companies of the paramilitary forces have reached the twin states, with tight security arrangements being put in place in their joint capital Chandigarh.

Security forces today conducted flag marches in sensitive districts in the two states, where prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed and educational institutions shut for the next two days. Bus services on many routes has been suspended as a precautionary measure.

Ahead of the verdict, a large number of followers from various parts of and have flocked Panchkula. They could be seen along many roads and also in various public parks.

The Dera followers have also been arriving in great numbers at the sect headquarters at Sirsa, about 260 km from here.

First Published: Thu, August 24 2017. 14:26 IST