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Security beefed up in Haryana, Punjab ahead of murder trial verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim

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January 11, 2019 09:57


A special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Panchkula will likely to pronounce verdict in a journalist's murder case, allegedly involving jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim is accused of orchestrating the killing of Ramchandra Chhatrapati, a Sirsa-based journalist, for openly criticising the Dera chief in his newspaper Poora Sach.

The Dera chief is currently serving a 20-year prison term in Rohtak's Sunaria jail for raping two of his women followers.

Ahead of the verdict, elaborate security arrangements have been made in Haryana and parts of Punjab. 

Several companies of the state armed police, anti-riot police and commando force have been deployed to combat any untoward situation.

Rohtak's deputy duperintendent of police Tahir Hussain said: "We have heightened the security of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ahead the verdict. We have established four more police posts, five patrolling parties around the jail, PCRs and three more inspectors have been put on the duty."

On 25 August 2017, 41 lives were claimed and scores of people were injured after violence erupted in Panchkula and other towns of Haryana following the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. -- ANI

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