May 2002; High Court orders an inquiry into an anonymous complaint by a woman alleging sexual exploitation by Sect chief.
However, in what appeared to be some relief for a stretched administrative machinery, Ram Rahim Singh said on Thursday that he would appear in person before the special CBI court on Friday while appealing to his followers to maintain peace.
Dera followers have been assembling in large numbers at the sect's Sector 23 based "Naam Charcha Ghar" (congregation/prayer centre) in Panchkula to show their solidarity with the sect chief.
In Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered withdrawal of 1000 police personnel from VVIP security for deployment on field duty to strengthen the security blanket in the state. He added mobile internet services and data services will be suspended for 72 hours in all Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
In order to maintain law and order, the Punjab government has received 75 companies of central forces so that the law and order will be maintained properly.
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Niwas said that as per earlier orders, Section 144 had been imposed in all districts and carrying of any kind of weapon had been prohibited.
Well many would think this as a sudden and abrupt decision taken up by the government to ban internet services in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana region but in the interest of masses, the step has been taken to serve the society for a greater good.
Police along with paramilitary forces like the Rapid Action Force (RAF) and SSB, held flag marches at vulnerable places including Moga, Bathinda, Sangrur, Barnala, Patiala, Ludhaina, Panchkula, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Ambala, Hisar, officials said. About 97 CRPF companies will be deployed in Panchkula on August 25, a stadium in Sector 16 of Chandigarh has also been designated as a temporary jail in case the situation warrants the detention of Dera followers. The buses of Haryana Roadways coming to Chandigarh and Panchkula have already been terminated. The CBI court has been investigating the case since 2012 with the verdict due out on Friday.
DGP Suresh Arora, who toured various parts of the state today with DGP (Law and Order) HS Dhillon and DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta, said the police were on maximum alert. "We are in touch with the Western Command and the South Western Command", Singh said. The hearing was first scheduled for August 25, but was postponed to August 28, following the rising tension over the issue.
Police have set up barricades at several places in Punjab and Haryana, besides their common capital Chandigarh, where security has been further tightened ahead of the court verdict.
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