Almost Curfew in Chandigarh Tricity; Stadiums are Temp. Jails; Mobile Internet Services Suspended

Almost Curfew in Chandigarh Tricity; Stadiums are Temp. Jails; Mobile Internet Services Suspended
The trial of self-styled Indian "godman" Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is accused of rape, has triggered a security lockdown in parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Following are the key developments on the issue:

More than 15,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed in Punjab and Haryana ahead of tomorrow's verdict by a Panchkula court, reports PTI.

Decision has been taken to immediately block mobile internet and data services in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for next 72 hours.

Centre sends 177 companies of paramilitary forces to Panchkula.

Apart from Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh, the center of Dera Sacha Sauda at Chachian village of Palampur area in Himachal Pradesh has also come under scanner in view of verdict in alleged rape case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

The Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh, Sirsa's Dalbir Singh Indoor Stadium and Panchkula's Chaudhary Tau Devi Lal Stadium Complex to be designated as 'Special Jail', reports ANI.

All offices, boards, corporations, agencies and public sector organisations of Punjab Government to be closed tomorrow, reports ANI.

Have deployed 53 companies of central paramilitary forces apart from around 50,000 personnel of Haryana Police: Additional chief secretary, reports ANI.
Video recording each event, putting drones for making surveillance, have sounded the Army, in case of need, can also call Army: Ram Niwas

Decision has been taken to immediately block mobile internet and data services in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for next 72 hours.

Ministry of railways has been requested to cancel all passenger trains coming to Chandigarh for next two days.

Additional chief secretary (Home) Ram Niwas says 18 more CRPF companies would reach Haryana by today evening and these companies will be deployed in Panchkula.

10 duty magistrates, 10 senior IPS officers and 2 ADGPs have been deployed at Panchkula, says Ram Niwas.

Punjab & Haryana HC to Centre: Will direct army if you won't do the needful. Centre then assured court that necessary steps will be taken, reports ANI.

Joint control room would be set up by Punjab and Haryana. One police officer from each side will be deputed at the control room.

Haryana home secretary Ram Niwas tells media that a joint coordination committee meeting of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh was taken by Punjab Governor today.

"We have always respected the law. Though I have a backache but will honor the law and will must go to court. We strong faith in God. Everybody should maintain peace," the Dera head tweeted in the afternoon.

Government has asked the railways to stop services to Punjab and Haryana. 11,000 para military forces are deployed in Punjab.

Both Punjab and Haryana have asked the Army to be on standby ahead of the CBI court's verdict in a rape case against head of Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

This is in addition to central paramilitary forces and state police being deployed in various districts of Punjab and Haryana which have a large presence of dera followers.

Not wanting any violence at key installations, Chandigarh police have sealed all entry points of the city till Friday evening.

Unprecedented tension prevails in Punjab and Haryana and internet services have been cut in Punjab and Haryana.

Bus services have been suspended in Haryana.

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has said he would appear in person before the court on Friday.

Dera head has asked the people to maintain peace and said that he has strong faith in God.

Curfew-like restrictions are imposed in Chandigarh and Panchkula.

Nearly two lakh followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have already arrived in Panchkula.

The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the home ministry to release as much paramilitary forces as required for the state of Haryana.

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