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Security beefed up in Haryana, Punjab ahead of murder trial verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim

ANI  |  Panchkula (Haryana) [India] 

A special here will likely pronounce verdict in a journalist's murder case, allegedly involving jailed Singh.

is accused of orchestrating the killing of Ramchandra Chhatrapati, a Sirsa-based journalist, for openly criticising the in his newspaper titled 'Poora Sach'.

The is currently serving a 20-year prison term in for raping two of his women followers.

Ahead of the verdict, elaborate security arrangements have been made in and parts of Several companies of the state armed police, anti-riot police and commando force have been deployed to combat any untoward situation.

Rohtak's of Police (DSP) said: "We have heightened the security of chief Singh ahead of January 11 verdict in a murder case against him. We have established four more police posts, five patrolling parties around the jail, PCRs and three more inspectors have been put on the duty."

On 25 August 2017, 41 lives were claimed and scores of people were injured after violence erupted in Panchkula and other towns of following the conviction of

Gurmeet will appear through for the hearing, after the court earlier this week directed the government to produce the Dera chief via video conference for the pronouncement of the verdict in the November 21, 2002 murder case.

During an earlier hearing, CBI agreed to the application moved by the for an option to produce the Dera chief in the court through video conference.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 09:50 IST