With the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court set to pronounce the quantum of punishment in the rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Monday, an uneasy calm prevailed in Haryana and Punjab on Sunday even as both state governments taking precautionary steps to prevent any untoward incident.
In order to prevent any loss of life or further damage to public and private property by dera followers after the quantum of punishment will be announced, both governments said all such necessary steps and measures were being taken in public interest to maintain law and order.
Tight security arrangements were being put by Haryana government in Sirsa where the DSS headquarter is located and in Sunaria jail at Rohtak, where the CBI court judge will pronounce the quantum of sentence in the rape case against 50-year-old sect chief. The CBI judge will be flown to the district jail in Sunaria, Rohtak, for pronouncing the quantum of sentence.
All educational institutions, including government and private schools, colleges and other institutions will also remain closed in districts Panchkula, Rohtak, Kaithal, Ambala, Bhiwani and Fatehabad on Monday.
The imposition of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), prohibiting assembly of five or more persons and carrying of firearms and other weapons, continued Fatehabad, Kaithal and Ambala till further order.
Punjab was also peaceful and no untoward incident had been reported from anywhere, an official spokesperson said. At many sensitive places in Punjab, too, security forces conducted flag marches and kept a tight vigil in sensitive areas.
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday assured of peace in the violence-hit areas of the state while adding that the curfew will continue.
“We understand the safety of the people of Punjab. The arrangements were made before hand. There is peace in our state since the court had convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim. Now, along with the Haryana DGP, we are going towards southern Punjab, where DSS supporters have a greater hold, to check if everything is all right there. The curfew will continue and any decision on relaxation or lifting it will be taken only after reviewing the situation,” he said.