Haryana Police and Paramilitary troops contingents are deployed in Panchkula yet again. Who can forget the Panchkula riots right after Ram Rahim was sentenced to jail.
The deployment of troops comes ahead of today’s hearing of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in two murder cases. This time around, security has been beefed up to prevent any untoward incident, unlike the previous time.
The imprisoned 50-years-old Dera chief will appear before a special CBI court here through video conferencing from Rohtak jail where he is currently serving his 20 years’ jail sentence in two rape cases. the court hearing involves the cases of murder of former Dera chief Ranjit Singh and journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.
Haryana Director General of Police BS Sandhu said, “We have made adequate security arrangements ahead of the hearing in the casesContingents of paramilitary troops and the Haryana Police have been stationed in Panchkula to prevent any untoward incident.”
“The hearing in the cases against Ram Rahim, who is lodged in Sunaria jail in Rohtak, will be conducted through video conferencing,” Sandhu added.
CBI counsel HPS Verma on Friday said, “The final arguments in the two murders cases will start tomorrow.”
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had in November 2003 ordered a CBI probe into the murder of Chhatrapati and Ranjit Singh after the families of both the victims approached the court.
The CBI had filed the charge sheet in the murder cases on July 30, 2007.
Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002 after the evening newspaper ‘Poora Sach’, owned by him, published an anonymous letter narrating how women were allegedly being sexually exploited by the sect head at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. He later succumbed to his injuries.
The second case relates to the murder of former Dera manager Ranjit Singh who was allegedly shot dead in 2002. He was murdered for his suspected role in the circulation of the anonymous letter, which had made the sexual exploitation allegations.