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Security tightened in Panchkula ahead of Gurmeet Singh’s hearing in murder cases

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Panchkula: Security has been tightened in Panchkula town in Haryana ahead of a crucial hearing in two separate murder cases against Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Singh and others here on Saturday.

After 20-year imprisonment to Gurmeet Singh for raping two sadhvis, now focus is on September 16 when hearing in two murder cases against the Dera chief will take place at the CBI court in Panchkula.

Gurmeet Singh is the main accused in the murder case of Dera member Ranjit Singh. He is also charged by the CBI for the murder of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.

Haryana Director General of Police B.S. Sandhu said on Friday that adequate para military and Haryana Police personnel had been stationed around the court complex in Sector 1 here and other areas in Panchkula town to maintain law and order.

There are no reports of the Dera followers assembling in Panchkula ahead of Saturday’s hearing, unlike the rape case hearing where over one lakh followers had converged in the town.

Police officials here said that rapist Gurmeet Singh will not be physically produced in the CBI special court on Saturday. The hearing will take place through video conferencing as Ram Rahim is lodged in the District Jail in Sunaria near Rohtak.

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