Dera row: Army called in Panchkula, Sirsa
Chandigarh: The Army was on Thursday called in the highly sensitive Panchkula and Sirsa districts to deal with any law and order situation that may arise in the wake of Friday's court verdict involving head of Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence minister Arun Jaitley and apprised them of the emerging law and order situation ahead of Friday's court verdict in Panchkula, informed official sources.
The Army has been called in the two sensitive districts, Panchkula and Sirsa, they said. Earlier, the Haryana government had sent a requisition for deployment of Army in these two districts, the sources said.
Thousands of Dera followers have gathered in both the districts in an attempt to show solidarity with the sect chief, who is set to appear before a CBI court in Panchkula which is expected to pronounce verdict in a 15-year old sexual exploitation case.
The Punjab and Haryana High court on Thursday came down heavily on the Haryana government for allowing the huge gathering of Dera Sacha Sauda followers at Panchkula and asked the Centre to immediately provide adequate force. Officials have also announced that an Sirsa city and three nearby villages will be under indefinite curfew from 10 pm onwards as a precautionary measure.
According to sources Haryana had sought 25 Army columns for Panchkula. Earlier, both Union ministers Singh and Jaitley, assured Khattar of all help to deal with any situation which may arise after the court delivers its verdict in the sexual exploitation case.
In a telephonic conversation, Union home minister Singh, who is in Cholpon-Ata in Kyrgyzstan, took stock of the law and order situation in Haryana in view of the large number of followers of the Dera chief arriving in Panchkula, Chandigarh and nearby areas ahead of Friday's court verdict.
Mobile Net services suspended in Punjab, Haryana
Chandigarh: Mobile Internet services have been suspended for 72 hours in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh. The decision to suspend mobile Internet services was taken in a coordination committee meeting of Haryana, Punjab and Union Territory Chandigarh held under the chairmanship of Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, V P Singh Badnore here. "Mobile Internet and data services have been suspended for 72 hours in Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh with immediate effect," Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (Home) said here on Thursday.
29 trains cancelled for four days
New Delhi: Ahead of the judgement of a special court in a sexual exploitation case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the railways has cancelled 29 trains bound for Punjab and Haryana for four days, beginning on Thursday. According to a Northern Railway spokesperson, 22 trains to Punjab and 7 to Haryana have been cancelled. The trains would have made 74 trips over the next four days.