Curfew to be imposed in Punjab ‘s Barnala from tomorrow: SSP Barnala

Barnala Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harjeet Singh on Monday said that a curfew will be imposed in Punjab ‘s Barnala from Tuesday.

The SSP said that the curfew will be imposed from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

This came after a 20-year sentence was handed down by a Special CBI judge to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

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Meanwhile, security forces carried out a flag march in Barnala after the sentencing.

“Environment is peaceful after the announcement of sentence and adequate security arrangements have been given therefore no untoward incident will happen,” Barnala SP Swarn Singh told media.

Also the police in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have upped the vigilance and precautionary measures in districts adjacent to Delhi and Haryana after the sentence to the Dera chief.

The police in Uttar Pradesh has increased the level of security in the state as 12 districts of the state have as many as 18 Dera ashrams. In addition to it, ten companies have been assigned to look over the security of eight districts in NCR.

Earlier in the day, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar presided over an emergency meeting at his residence in Chandigarh.

The meeting was attended by senior officials of the state, including party leaders and ministers.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has appealed for peace and said that the sentence must be accepted by all.

“So there is nothing for us to say rather than to say to the people to accept the decision. There is total normalcy. Our forces are on their toes. We will not let any untoward incident happen. This sentence must be accepted by the people and peace must prevail,” Singh told media.


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