Punjab and Haryana on edge as Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh verdict today

Ahead of the verdict by the Panchkula court in the case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan, all schools, colleges, banks, and government offices in Panchkula will remain closed on August 24 and 25 as the Haryana government declares a gazetted holiday on both days. Bus services in Panchkula district have also been curtailed in the interest of safety.

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Schools and government offices in Gurgaon, will however, remain open on the two days.

The Panchkula court will pronounce its verdict on spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Singh in connection with the sadhvi sexual abuse case. The case was registered against Singh in 2002 by the CBI under the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after anonymous letters alleging sexual abuse of female followers emerged. The letters accused Singh of raping the women inside the Dera campus in Sirsa, Haryana.

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The Dera chief has a massive following across India, especially in Haryana and Punjab. Keeping this in mind, the Punjab and Haryana governments have gone on high alert, expecting possible violence from supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The Haryana government imposed Section 144 in the state expecting violence from Ram Rahim’s followers. Cellular and internet services have also been suspended in Panchkula district.

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