Multi-layered security has been deployed near Rohtak jail where Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, has been kept after being convicted in a rape case on Friday. The self-styled godman will be sentenced on Monday.
Ram Rahim was convicted by a court in Panchkula of raping two of his women followers at his ashram in 2002, was flown in a government helicopter to Rohtak and has been kept in a special cell at the District Jail at Sanoria, about 10 km from Rohtak.
Reportedly, heavy security arrangements have been made on the roads that lead to the jail. Border Security Force (BSF) and Haryana police personnel are stationed in the vicinity of the jail, and the army is also doing regular patrolling in the area.
The Dera chief will not be brought to Panchkula for the sentencing. Judge Jagdeep Singh, who delivered the verdict on Friday, will be taken to the Rohtak prison where court proceedings will be held.
On Saturday, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the Haryana government to make necessary arrangements for the special CBI judge to be flown to the Rohtak district jail on Monday to pronounce the quantum of sentence against Ram Rahim.
Tight security forces were on also “standby” outside the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, where lakhs of his followers are holed up, the Director General of Police in Haryana state, Baljit Singh Sandhu said on Saturday.
After the announcement of the verdict broke out on Friday, at least 36 people were killed and over 250 injured in the violence, with followers of the Sirsa-based sect going on the rampage and clashing with security personnel.