Indefinite curfew would be imposed in Sirsa town and three nearby villages from 10 pm tonight as a “precautionary measure” to maintain law and order ahead of tomorrow’s court verdict in Panchkula involving Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. “Curfew will be clamped from 10 pm tonight till further orders in Sirsa city urban area and three villages — Nazia Khera, Shahpur Begu and Bajekan,” Sirsa Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh told PTI. He said the step has been taken as a “precautionary measure” to ensure that law and order is maintained. Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters are situated in Sirsa, about 260 kms from here. A CBI court in Panchkula will pronounce the verdict in a sexual exploitation case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, tomorrow. There has been a large build up of Dera followers both in Sirsa and Panchkula in the last two-three days as an attempt to show solidarity with their leader.
To a question on how long the curfew would be in place, Singh said, “It will remain in force till further orders. We will assess the situation in the morning and accordingly decide when to give relaxation.” The deputy commissioner along with the superintendent of police, Sirsa today held meetings with top ranking police officials and inspected the ‘nakas’ that have been laid at various places in the city. The Sirsa district has been declared as “highly sensitive” ahead of the verdict.