Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sentence: Security beefed up, no movement allowed around Sonaria jail, says Haryana DGP

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New Delhi | August 26, 2017 10:00 PM

"No person will be allowed around Sonaria jail, made adequate arrangements for the same," DGP Haryana was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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Haryana DGP BS Sandhu on Saturday said that state police has made adequate arrangements to deal with any security issue on Monday, the day when the quantum of punishment will be announced against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for his conviction in a 2002 rape case. Sandhu told media that process to sanitize Dera is currently underway, and police is ensuring that there are no weapons or any such thing present inside the Dera offices. “No person will be allowed around Sonaria jail, made adequate arrangements for the same,” DGP Haryana was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. He also said that a lot of arms and ammunition has been recovered by police. “24 vehicles have been impounded by police in Panchkula, 5 pistols (79 rounds), 2 rifles (52 rounds), AK 47, iron rods, hockey sticks have also been recovered,” he said.

“Weapons, petrol bombs also recovered in Panchkula. Three petrol bombs and cans seized in Karnal,” DGP Haryana added. Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh too ensured about adequate security arrangments in his state ahead of the verdict, news agency Press Trust of India reported. Amarinder said that no loss of life was reported in any of the minor incidents reported in some parts of Punjab. Following the conviction of the sect head yesterday, at least 30 people were killed and 250 injured in the widespread violence, arson and police firing in Haryana.

Amarinder further told media that curfew has been lifted in three districts of Punjab and relaxed in the other areas. The chief minister, however, said that there would be no let-up in security in the state till after the pronouncement of quantum of sentence in the case. Amarinder added that his government would not allow anyone to spread bad blood in Punjab and if needed, curfew would be reinforced in sensitive areas of the state on Monday.

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