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Security beefed up in Hry, Punjab ahead of verdict in scribe murder case; Ram Rahim an accused

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Security has been beefed up in and parts of in the wake of in Panchkula's likely verdict on Friday in the murder case in which jailed Sacha Sauda Chief Singh is an accused.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made in especially in Panchkula, Sirsa (headquarter of Dera) and Rohtak districts with several companies of the state armed police, anti-riot police and commando force being deployed to deal with any law and order situation.

Security has been enhanced in Haryana, said ADGP (Law and Order)

Directions have been issued to police in all the districts not to allow any unnecessary gathering and maintain extra vigil, said police official adding that police nakas have also been laid at several places.

Additional police force has also been deployed near the headquarters of Sacha Sauda in Sirsa in Haryana, police said.

Violence had erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana in August 2017 following the conviction of Gurmeet Singh, leaving over 40 persons dead and scores of people injured.

The 51-year-old is currently serving a 20-year prison term in for raping two of his women followers.

In where there are sizeable numbers of Dera followers, elaborate security arrangements have been made in Bathinda and Ferozepur ranges.

We have made elaborate security arrangements in Bathinda range, said Inspector General (Bathinda Range) M F told

Around 2,000 security personnel have been deployed in Bathinda range, he further said.

In Ferozepur range as well, security has been tightened by Punjab police, police said.

Police have been keeping a close watch in sensitive areas like Faridkot, Moga, Baghapurana, Jaitu, Kotkapura, police said.

10 companies of have been deployed in Ferozepur range, said Punjab IG M S Chhina.

The verdict in 2002 murder of is likely to come on January 11.

On Tuesday, the in Panchkula had accepted the state's plea and allowed presence of Singh through for a January 11 hearing in the murder case of a

Gurmeet Ram Rahim will appear through for the hearing in journalist Ramchandra Chhatrapati's murder case on Friday, when the court is likely to pronounce its verdict.

He has been named as the main conspirator in the case which dates back to 2002.

Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002 after his newspaper, 'Poora Sach', published an anonymous letter narrating how women were being sexually exploited by Gurmeet Ram Rahim at the in Sirsa.

The journalist later succumbed to injuries and a case was registered in 2003. The case was handed over to the CBI in 2006.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 19:50 IST