Judgement Day for 'Godman' in rape case today

"These columns are coming from the western command in Chandimandir".

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.

22 trains to Punjab and 7 to Haryana have been cancelled. Many followers have been stopped in Punjab and Haryana.

The verdict is to be pronounced on Friday and Haryana government has stated that it will take help of army to maintain peace and order in the region.

Ram Niwas, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Haryana said that it was also made a decision to request the Ministry of Railways to immediately stop all passenger trains coming to Chandigarh for two days. State transport buses will not ply to Haryana that day.

Meanwhile, the Internet and mobile phone services have been suspended for 72 hours in Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory Chandigarh. Haryana government has already clamped prohibitory orders in all its districts as a precautionary measure.

Punjab DGP Suresh Arora personally visited the sensitive areas and put fool-proof security network in place to prevent any untoward incident, officials said. About 160 companies of central forces have also been called in, including the CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB.

Well, thinking of the protests to be peaceful in nature, the common man of cities like Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali and states of Punjab and Haryana suffer the restrictions imposed on internet services by the Government.

Also, ten duty magistrates have been appointed for the at several locations. The police would keep vigil on anti-social elements through drone cameras and surveillance of the entire area would be conducted, he said. All liquor vends in Panchkula have been closed from today till August 26.

The self-styled "godman" urged his supporters against violence and said he would personally appear in court Friday.

The alleged rape dates back to 1999, when the victim, who was an inmate of the Dera ashram in Sirsa, claims to have been sexually assaulted by Singh.

This matter was probed by the CBI on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and it reportedly said that the castrations were carried out apparently to safeguard sadhvis from possible sexual advances from sadhus. It has led to a situation of confusion, ' said Aditya.

  • Rogelio Becker