A special court in Panchkula is going to give a verdict in a murder case against Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh. According to a report by news agency PTI, Gurmeet is accused of ordering his followers to murder a journalist named Ram Chander Chhatrapati.
Chhatrapati was a journalist who published newspaper Poora Sach. He got an anonymous letter narrating how the writer of the letter was sexually abused along with a number of women in Dera Main Headquarters in Sirsa. Chhatrapati published the letter in his paper. And got shot dead after. An FIR was fired a year after the killing of him and the case was referred to CBI three years later in 2006.
The ‘Godman’ is serving a 20-year prison term in Haryana Rohtak’s notoriously famous Sunaria jail. He was convicted for raping two of his disciples in his Sirsa Headquarters. The court also found him guilty of killing former Dera manager named Ranjit Singh.
A number of security forces including several companies of state police, anti-riot police and commando forces are deployed in the city- Panchkula (where the hearing is to be done), and Sirsa (where is his main Dera is located).
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order, Haryana) Muhammad Akil said that the security has been tightened in Haryana.
Unnecessary gatherings are prohibited in many cities to avoid any kind of mishappening.
Many cities of Punjab including Faridkot, Moga, Baghapurana, Jaitu, Kotkapura, Bathinda and Ferozepur are also under surveillance as these cities contain a large number of Gurmeet Singh’s disciples.
A number of Police Officers confirmed to the media that as many as 2,000 security personnel have been deployed in the Punjab region. An inspector in Ferozpur district said, “Ten companies of police have been deployed in Ferozepur range.”
The state submitted a plea in the special court of CBI to allow the state to make Gurmeet Singh apear in the court via video conference, as his physical appearance could escalate things.