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Ram Rahim Case: Final hearing tomorrow, security forces on high alert

The quantum of punishment in the Ram Rahim case will be pronounced on Monday at a special court being set up in the Rohtak prison premises. The judge will be flown to Rohtak for announcing the sentence.

Ahead of pronouncing the quantum of punishment in Ram Rahim case, the local administration has imposed section 144 in Rohtak. Along with the deployment of police and para military forces, in sensitive areas, the local administration has requested the government to send the army troops to maintain peace after the judgement would be announced.

After chaos and rampage in Haryana and Punjab, Sunday morning was peaceful, though the affected areas remained on high alert, officials said.

Panchkula located near Chandigarh was burnt due to violence on Friday after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape and sexual exploitation case by the CBI special court. Curfew was withdrawn.

Curfew was withdrawn in Kaithal town of Haryana while it was relaxed in Sirsa, 260 km from Panchkula.

The death toll in the violence has risen to 36. As many as 30 persons died in Panchkula and six were killed in Sirsa town. Over 250 people were injured in the violence that also left properties worth crores of rupees damaged.

The DSS headquarters near Sirsa is still surrounded by the Army and paramilitary forces and appeals are being made to Dera followers to vacate the 800-acre sprawling complex.

Authorities on Saturday got the sect complexes across Haryana (except Sirsa) vacated. Some of the complexes were sealed.

Security forces recovered sticks, rods and other materials to make petrol bombs in search operations in the complexes.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said all 98 campuses of the sect were searched and sanitised.

An uneasy calm prevailed in Punjab and Haryana on Saturday as the Army and paramilitary forces continued to patrol several places across the two states throughout the night.

CBI special judge Jagdeep Singh on August 25 held the Dera sect leader, who has lakhs of followers mainly in Punjab and Haryana, guilty of raping and sexually exploiting two female disciples in 2002.

The sect chief was shifted to a prison near Rohtak, about 70 km from Delhi, under heavy security.