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As convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's sentence in 15-year-old rape case approaches, security forces in Haryana and Punjab have been put on high alert in anticipation of another outburst from Dera chief's followers after the special CBI court announces his sentence.
The sentence will be passed by the special CBI court judge, in the Sunaria district jail premises near Rohtak, where a special court room is being set up for Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's sentencing.
Ram Rahim was brought and lodged in this jail after he was airlifted from Panchkula as a huge number of followers made tuned violent following the court's verdict holding Dera Chief guilty of rape.
Special Central Bureau of Investigation judge Jagdeep Singh, who had Friday held the Dera chief guilty of raping and sexually exploiting two female disciples in 2002, will be flown to Rohtak on Monday for announcing the quantum of punishment.
Curfew was re-imposed in Haryana's Sirsa town, where the sect's headquarters are located, on Sunday and security forces braced themselves for any eventuality in and around Rohtak town in view of sentencing of the sect chief, who has lakhs of followers mainly in Punjab and Haryana.
The areas affected by violence in both states remained peaceful on Sunday even though security forces remained on high alert in both states, officials said.
The army and para-military forces are stationed outside the complex and have appealed repeatedly to the sect followers to vacate the premises. However, local authorities said that thousands of followers were still inside the complex, which is like a mini-city with a huge stadium, educational institutions, factories, markets and hospitals inside.
Meanwhile, Haryana Director General of Police B.S. Sandhu has said that no incident has been reported from anywhere in the state in the past 24 hours.
He said, "Our top priority is to ensure security for the sentencing in Sunaria (Rohtak) tomorrow (Monday). We are fully prepared with police personnel, para-military forces and Army on stand-by."
"We have searched and sanitised all premises of the sect at various places," he said, adding 826 arrests have been made so far in connection with the violence.
With tension building up in some parts of Haryana and Punjab in wake of the sentencing, both states suspended mobile Internet services till August 29 (Tuesday). In Haryana, all schools and other educational institutions have been ordered to remain closed on Monday.
Prohibitory orders, barring the assembly of five or more persons and carrying of firearms and other weapons, have been imposed in Fatehabad, Kaithal and Ambala districts.
Earlier, 36 people were killed while over 250 were left injured as followers of Dera chief turned violent after the CBI court held the spiritual leader guilty in a 15-year-old rape case. However, curfew was withdrawn on Saturday in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, which saw the maximum violence on Friday.