This is really sensitive. Just two days ahead of CBI court’s verdict on the Dera chief in a sadhvi rape case, Punjab Director General of Police (law and order) on Tuesday issued an alert to all DIGs, IGs and SSPs. A warning letter issued by DGP (law and order) Hardeep Dhillon to all DIGs, IGs and SSPs warns that Dera Sacha Sauda followers are collecting petrol, diesel, sharp-edged weapons and stones to fuel trouble if the CBI court’s verdict on August 25 goes against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, according to a report in The Times of India.
“Dera followers have been keeping drums filled with petrol and diesel at Naam Charcha Ghars, where they organise their prayer ceremonies, in Faridkot district,” as per the warning letter issued by DGP (law and order) Hardeep Dhillon, according to the TOI report. Moreover, the warning letter also hints at sharp-edged weapons and stones being collected on the roof of such places.
This is a big warning as a special CBI court in Panchkula will pronounce its verdict in a sexual exploitation case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25.
Punjab, Haryana on high alert
Meanwhile, security has been put on alert in Punjab and Haryana ahead of the verdict. Security personnel have also been deputed around the Dera at Sirsa in Haryana. The Punjab and Haryana governments had sought central forces to deal with the situation if the verdict goes against the Dera chief. The chief secretaries and DGPs of Punjab and Haryana had met the Union Home Secretary in New Delhi and apprised him of the steps taken by them to maintain law and order.
Dera Sacha Sauda has a large number of followers in Punjab and Haryana.
Sadhvi rape case
The sexual exploitation case was registered against the Dera chief in 2002 by the CBI on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after anonymous letters were circulated about the alleged sexual exploitation of two female followers. Singh was accused of raping them inside the Dera campus on the outskirts of Sirsa town in Haryana. The charge sheet in the case was filed by the CBI on July 30, 2007. The Dera chief has denied these charges.