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Security beefed up in Sirsa, Rohtak ahead of murder case judgment

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Security has been beefed up in and towns in ahead of the judgment of a against Singh in the murder case of

The judgment is likely to be pronounced by the (CBI) court in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, on January 11.

The on Tuesday allowed the appearance of the from the near through video-conferencing in view of security concerns raised by the Police and the

Police sources said that security has been increased around the sect's headquarters campus on the outskirts of town, around 260 km from here. Sect followers were not being allowed to gather in big numbers ahead of the January 11 judgment.

Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002 in town. He died in November, after battling for life in a hospital for a few days.

Khatta Singh, a former of the controversial sect chief, had earlier told the court that had ordered the killing of Chhatrapati, allegedly by close aides from the sect.

is lodged in the near following his conviction in two rape cases on August 25, 2017. The had convicted Ram Rahim on two counts of rape of his female disciples.

Ram Rahim's conviction had led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana, leaving 41 people dead and over 260 injured.

He was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment by the CBI court.

Besides the Chhtarapati murder case, the is facing another murder case of former The matter is being heard by the CBI court.

Ranjit Singh, who was believed to be privy to the goings on inside the sect headquarters, was shot dead in July 2003.



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 19:40 IST