Security Tightened In Haryana, Punjab Ahead Of Ram Rahim’s Sentencing

CHANDIGARH

Security has been reinforced in Haryana ahead of the pronouncement of quantum of sentence for Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others convicted in the murder of journalist Ramchander Chhatrapati.

A special court in Panchkula will pronounce the quantum of the sentence through video conference on Thursday.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made in Panchkula and Sirsa — headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect headed by self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh — and other parts of Haryana to maintain law and order situation, officials said.

Security has also been stepped up outside the Panchkula court complex with Haryana police putting up barricades on roads leading to the court.

The convicts — Ram Rahim and three others — will appear through video conference when the quantum of punishment will be pronounced.

The court had Wednesday accepted the Haryana government’s plea seeking appearance of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect head through video conference during the pronouncement of quantum of sentence in the journalist murder case.