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Dera violence: More army columns deployed in Sirsa ahead of sentencing

Number of army columns deployed in Sirsa went up to 12

IANS  |  New Delhi 

More army columns deployed in Sirsa ahead of Dera chief's sentencing
Security forces deployed near Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa on Sunday. Photo: PTI

Army deployment in continued two days after violence erupted following the conviction of Sacha Sauda chief Singh, with four more columns being deployed in the sect's headquarters in the state's ahead of the sentencing on Monday.

On Sunday, the number of army columns deployed in went up to 12, from eight deployed on Saturday, an army official said.

A flag march was also taken out by the army in Sirsa, the official said, adding and area domination patrol has been carried out and the situation is in control.

In Panchkula, where violence started soon after the controversial godman was convicted by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court, 12 columns of army remain deployed.

Meanwhile, in Punjab's Mukhtsar and Mansa, which have prominent centres of the Dera, two columns each remain deployed, Army sources said.

CBI special judge Jagdeep Singh on August 25 held the sect leader, who has lakhs of followers mainly in Punjab and Haryana, guilty of raping and sexually exploiting two female disciples in 2002.

Around 36 people died and over 250 were injured in violence that erupted after the conviction.

The sect chief was shifted to a prison near Rohtak, about 70 km from Delhi, under heavy security.

The quantum of punishment in the case will be pronounced on Monday at a special court being set up in the prison premises in Rohtak.

The judge will be flown to Rohtak for announcing the sentence.

First Published: Sun, August 27 2017. 17:18 IST