Security has been beefed up ahead of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s hearing in two murder case at Panchkula today. According to a report by PTI, contingents of paramilitary troops and the Haryana Police have been deployed in Panchkula ahead of the hearing. The 55-year-old self-styled god is set to appear before a CBI special court through video conferencing from the Rohtak jail, where he is lodged after being sentenced to 20 years in prison in two rape cases. The cases were registered for the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh. Murder is punishable with life imprisonment or death sentence. “We have made adequate security arrangements ahead of the hearing in the cases,” Haryana Director General of Police B S Sandhu said. “The hearing in the cases against Ram Rahim, who is lodged in Sunaria jail in Rohtak, will be conducted through video conferencing,” he added.
Here are Ram Rahim Murder Case Hearing LIVE updates:
11:59 AM: “Now he agreed to appear before court. Filed application. Court will decide on Sept 22 if his statement will be taken,” says Navkiran Singh, lawyer on Khatta Singh.
11:47 AM: ABP News says reports that Khatta Singh who refused to give a statement in 2012, will now appear as a witness against Ram Rahim Singh.
11:37 AM: Meanwhile, the Dera Sacha Sauda spokesperson Dilawar Insaan, arrested for allegedly inciting violence after the conviction of its chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in rape cases, was yesterday sent to police custody for seven days by a court in Panchkula, DCP of Panchkula Manbir Singh said.
11:22 AM: The hearing is currently going on. The details will be out soon.
11:15 AM: Even though there has been no news of Dera followers gathering in Panchkula, the authorities have made all the possible security arrangements.
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11:12 AM: The son of the journalist who was allegedly killed by the Dera followers says that he is hopeful that justice will prevail.
11:06 AM: Republic TV reports that the hearing in the special court has started.
10:55 AM: Dera followers and functionaries had allegedly murdered Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh in 2002 on Chief Ram Rahim’s orders.
10:38 AM: Here is an image from Panchkula where tight security is in place:
10:28 AM: Panchkula DCP Manbir Singh told ANI that five companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed along with the district forces.
10:17 AM: While forty-one people were killed in Haryana in the violence, no deaths were reported from Punjab and Rajasthan.
10:10 AM: The CBI counsel, along with other court staff members and defence counsel from the side of the accused, would be the only ones allowed to enter the special court.
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10:00 AM: Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in jail on August 28 in the two rape cases by the special CBI Court. Several parts of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan had witnessed large-scale violence following his conviction in the two rape cases on August 25.