Mobile Internet services suspended for 72 hours in Haryana & Punjab

Dera Sacha Sauda followers near the court complex in Sirsa on Saturday

Illegal weapons in the dera: Gurmeet Ram Rahim came under the scanner of the Haryana and the Punjab High Court, after the Rampal case, after a tip-off that arms training was taking place at the dera.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has ordered the withdrawal of 1,000 police personnel from VVIP security for posting on field duty to strengthen the security blanket, an official spokesperson said after a meeting attended by Arora, Gupta, Dhillon and others.

A large number of paramilitary personnel have been deployed in Punjab and Haryana for maintaining law and order, he said. At least 23 trains in the Northern railways were cancelled today. Curfew has been imposed on internet connectivity in the region as they shall remain shut for next 3 days altogether.

Ram Niwas said the state government had appointed senior IAS officer Mr V. Umashankar, with the district administration, Sirsa.

Buses of Haryana roadways coming to Chandigarh and Panchkula have already been stopped for two days.

The Haryana Roadways too have chose to suspend its bus service to Chandigarh and Panchkula depots for two days from today.

It is for the maintaining the discipline and decorum of the society that such a harsh move by government had to be taken in banning the internet services in states like Punjab & Haryana with Chandigarh serving as their common capital. "It is not necessary that the Dera followers will indulge in any untoward incident".

The court asked the Centre to immediately provide forces, including paramilitary force. "Apart from this, we have deployed local police as well", Niwas added. News reports also suggest that the cricket stadium in Chandigarh's Sector 16 has been designated as a temporary jail to detain the miscreants in case riots or violent protests break out.

"We have installed drone cameras".

As a precautionary measure, educational institutes will remain closed in Panchkula district and its neighbouring city Chandigarh until Friday. The State Mega Job Fair scheduled on August 25 at venues throughout Punjab have been postponed.

Dera followers have also been arriving in great numbers at the sect headquarters at Sirsa in Haryana.

A Special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Haryana's Panchkula will pronounce its verdict so it is newsmaker of the day and it is grabbing eye balls since 2007. It has led to a situation of confusion, ' said Aditya.

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