Rohtak (Haryana): Hundreds of security personnel are guarding a prison at Rohtak in Haryana, where, later today, a judge will arrive on a government chopper to sentence the self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for raping two women devotees in 2002.
The Army has been kept on standby and can enter the town anytime, if needed, in about an hour, said sources. Ram Rahim’s followers on Friday went on a rampage after he was convicted of rape in Panchkula. The violence took 38 lives and nearly 200 were injured.
Ram Rahim was flown out in a helicopter after his conviction as his Dera Sacha Sauda sect broke into rioting and arson following which the decision was taken that Judge Jagdeep Singh will fly to the prison in Rohtak to deliver the quantum of punishment today in order to prevent a repeated violence.
Thousands of paramilitary troops and anti-riot police have been deployed to block off all roads in the area. Mobile internet services remain suspended. All schools and colleges in Haryana are closed.
The Rohtak police have warned that it may shoot at any sign of trouble, three days after violence and rioting by supporters
Barbed-wire barriers have been erected and residents warned to stay indoors in Rohtak. Senior members of his sect were placed under detention as a precautionary measure.