Once beaten, twice shy Haryana Police is ready to take every possible action to avoid repetition of Panchkula violence and a shoot at sight order could also be implemented if Dera followers resort to lawlessness.
“Will implement shoot-at-sight orders if anti-social elements try to harm self or others, will take strong action according to the situation,” news agency ANI reported Rohtak DC as saying.
Will implement Shoot-at-sight orders if anti-social elements try to harm self or others, will take strong action acc to situation: Rohtak DC pic.twitter.com/1EWlYyNiab— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2017
A three tear security arrangements have been made around Rohtak’s Sunaria jail where CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh will pronounce the quantum of sentence against Ram Rahim Singh.
"To ensure there is no repeat of the violence that erupted in Panchkula on Friday, all routes to the Sunaria jail in Rohtak, where the self-styled godman has been lodged, have been sealed," Sandhi said.
"Police have also registered 52 cases and arrested 926 people in connection with the violence," he added.
Death toll in Dera violence rises to 38:
On August 25, a CBI court in Panchkula held Ram Rahim Singh guilty of rape. Soon after the verdict, lakhs of Dera supporters rampaged through the towns of Haryana, damaging public property, setting media vehicles on fire, pelting stones on police and security forces and setting railways stations and other govt offices a light.
As much as 38 people had died in the violence, most in Panchkula where the verdict against self-proclaimed “Godman” was announced.
"While 32 people died in the violence on Friday at Panchkula, six others died at Sirsa, where curfew is still in place," state DGP BS Sandhu said.
Internet suspended, schools closed in Haryana:
With Haryana's intelligence agency sensing more violence on August 28, when the quantum of punishment will be announced Internet services have been suspended and schools and colleges will remain shut.
"The Haryana government has extended the suspension of mobile internet services, including 2G, 3G, 4G, CDMA and GPRS, all SMS services and dongle services provided on mobile networks, except voice calls, in the state till 11.30 am on August 29," Haryana Additional Chief Secretary, Ram Niwas said.
Delhi also on high alert:
Ahead of tomorrow’s sentencing, national capital Delhi has been put on high alert and the police have heightened vigil.
Madhur Verma, Delhi Police’s Public Relations Officer, said additional forces have been deployed in sensitive areas and senior officers are keeping a tight vigil.
However, school and colleges will remain open.