Ram Rahim case: IB warns of violence ahead of sentencing
The Intelligence Bureau has warned of large scale violence following the sentencing of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. In the wake of the intelligence warning, Haryana has been placed on high alert with security personnel outnumbering the civilians on the streets.
Haryana's Rohtak district and Sunaria prison in Rohtak city where Ram Rahim is lodged was turned into a virtual fortress.
Panchkula-based judge Jagdeep Singh will travel to Rohtak and pronounce the Dera chief's sentence at around 2.30 pm at a makeshift court in the jail on Monday.
The police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in Rohtak and the Army was put on standby on Sunday. Schools and colleges across Haryana and Punjab will remain closed on Monday, officials said.
As curfew continued in Sirsa, where the Dera headquarters is located, the state government extended the statewide suspension of mobile Internet services, including 2G, 3G, 4G, CDMA and GPRS, all SMS services and all dongle services on mobile networks, except voice calls, till 11.30 am on Tuesday. Similar curbs were imposed in Punjab. The Internet leased lines at the Dera premises in Sirsa were also suspended till Tuesday.
All educational institutions, including government and private schools, colleges and other institutions in the entire state, will remain closed on Monday, additional chief secretary (Home) Ram Niwas said.
Some schools in Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh have also decided to remain shut on Monday.
Haryana DGP B.S. Sandhu told reporters in Chandigarh that maintaining law and order will be the top priority on Monday. Apart from the police, 23 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed.
A multi-layer security cordon has been thrown around the jail where Mr Singh has been lodged, Sandhu said.