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No entry for Ram Rahim’s followers in Rohtak ahead of sentencing

Dera Sacha Sauda Ashram

Rohtak: There is multi-layered security around the jail in Haryana’s Rohtak where self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been kept after his conviction in a 2002 rape case.

The 50-year-old chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect will be sentenced on Monday, with court proceedings to be held at the prison. His followers are being prevented from reaching Rohtak, the police said.

The district administration has however has sought the help of the Army, which is on standby.

The Army was called in on Friday to regain control after Dera followers turned violent in the state’s Panchkula, where Ram Rahim was found guilty by a special CBI court of raping two women followers. 36 people have died and over 250 were injured in the violence that broke out immediately after the verdict.

The High Court has ordered the Haryana government to fly Judge Jagdeep Singh to the Rohtak jail to sentence Ram Rahim.

Court proceedings will be held at the prison. The centre has instructed the Haryana government to provide the highest level of security to Judge Jagdeep Singh, who convicted Ram Rahim on Friday.

There is massive security also in Sirsa, where the Dera Sacha Sauda is headquartered. About 30,000 of Ram Rahim’s followers are camped at the 1000-acre Dera, waiting for Monday’s sentencing. Six people died in Sirsa as followers clashed with the police after Friday’s verdict and the town has been tense since and under curfew, which was relaxed for five hours this morning.

The Army is still stationed in Sirsa.

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