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Tension Builds In Chandigarh, Haryana As Court's Verdict In Ram Rahim's Case Nears

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| August 24 , 2017 , 14:14 IST

A day prior to the Haryana Court's verdict in the rape case against spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the police has implemented curfew-like situation in Panchkula and Chandigarh in anticipation of a riot breaking out.

Chief of the spiritual organisation Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS), Singh was accused of raping two of his women followers at his sect headquarters in Haryana's Sirsa back in 2002.

Given the sect leader's enormous following, the authorities are anticipating a riot like situation in these cities if the leader is convicted.

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In order to control the potential outburst, the police has implemented riot like situation in the cities, from one day prior to the court's verdict. The government is also mulling closing social media platforms in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh by banning mobile internet services.

Nearly two lakh sect followers have already descended on Panchkula and its nearby places from across the two states and its neighbouring areas.

Taking precautionary steps, the police has also set up two control rooms in the area. While cars, trucks and buses have been banned from the roads near the court on Thursday and Friday, a cricket stadium in Chandigarh is being prepped as a temporary jail to lodge the protesters and law-breakers.

"Directions have been issued by Khattar to all the party MLAs to meet the Dera' followers in their respective constituencies and convince them to not to resort to violence in case the court verdict goes against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh," said a senior Haryana Minister.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has also advised all of his ministers and legislators to remain stationed in their constituencies till August 25, the day of the verdict.

While there were uncertainties on whether the sect leader would appear in the CBI court for the verdict, the spiritual leader cleared out the doubts saying that he has always respected the law and that he will go to the court despite back pain.

He said that he believes in god and appealed his followers to stay calm.

The administration has also declared a three-day holiday from Thursday in all schools in Chandigarh. Likewise, the Haryana government has closed all colleges and libraries in Panchkula district till Friday.