After the pronouncement of sentence, security has been beefed up to prevent any untoward incident in Sirsa.
Though the exodus of Dera followers from the sect’s headquarters in Sirsa started Saturday, several supporters of the self-styled godman are still present in and around the sprawling premises.
A multi-layer security cordon has been thrown around the Rohtak district jail where the CBI special court judge will be flown to pronounce the quantum of sentence against convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
50-year-old Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been lodged in the Sunaira jail in Rohtak after being convicted of raping his two women followers by a special CBI court in Panchkula on Friday.
Here are the live updates:
# 7:15 PM: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sentenced to 20 years (10-10 in both cases). Both sentences to run consecutively: CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal
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Situation in the state is peaceful; strict action will be taken against those who try to disturb peace in the state: Haryana CM ML Khattar pic.twitter.com/vLEde2t6N8— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2017
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Curfew to be imposed in #Punjab 's Barnala from 9 pm today till 9 am tomorrow: Harjeet Singh, SSP Barnala #RamRahimSingh
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Maintaining curfew at 1-2 places today, tomorrow we will review situation & will lift it; mobile Internet to be restored from tmrw:Punjab CM pic.twitter.com/QIgT66bFAP— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2017
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# 4:14 PM: Army conducts flag march in Haryana's Sirsa after sentencing of Ram Rahim Singh in rape case against him.
# 3:55 PM: Haryana CM ML Khattar calls an emergency meeting of senior state officials, party leaders and ministers at his residence in Chandigarh.
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# 3:35 PM: Ram Rahim is crying and not leaving the court room.
# 3:34 PM: Medical examination of Ram Rahim Singh is being done, after this he will be given a jail uniform and will be allotted a cell in jail.
# 3:33 PM: He was held guilty under section 376, 506 and 511 of Indian Penal Code.
# 3:32 PM: Haryana: Media persons & security deployment near Rohtak's Sunaria Jail; rape convict Ram Rahim Singh sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment.
# 3:29 PM: Gurmeet Singh sentencing: Dera chief gets 10 years for raping two sadhvis
# 3:25 PM: I appeal to Dera followers to peacefully abide by the judgement today: Vipassana Insaan, Dera chairperson
#3:20 PM: Dera followers set two vehicles ablaze in Phulka
#3:07 PM: CBI argues that Gurmeet Singh rape case is rarest of rare demands for maximum punishment
#3:07 PM: Dera chief Gurmeet Singh cries inside the court during hearing
#3:00 PM: Arguments finish in quantum of sentence, CBI Judge starts reading judgement
#2:51 PM: Defence argues Gurmeet Singh is a social worker who has worked for welfare of people, so judge should take a lenient view
#2:45 PM: CBI demands maximum punishment (Min: 7 years, Max: Life imprisonment in this case)
#2:37 PM: Prosecution demands maximum punishment for rape convict #RamRahimSingh in the rape case
#2:37 PM: Special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh has allotted 10 minutes each to both sides to put forth their arguments
#Special CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh starts proceedings of a makeshift court inside Rohtak Jail to pronounce quantam of sentence to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
#2:06 PM: Makeshift court set up inside Rohtak jail, special CBI judge to pronounce sentence shortly
#2:00 PM: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh 's lawyer SK Narwana reaches makeshift court in Rohtak Jail ahead of quantum of sentence hearing
#12:50 PM: Jail sources say this made Baba furious & he threatened taking names of CM & ministers but police took stand&didn't let her stay: S Mahajan
#12:50 PM:Daughter accompanied him in chopper. She stayed in jail for 2.5 hrs after which jail DG objected&she was taken away: S Mahajan, Journalist
#12:50 PM:So he be given attendant.Court said it's outside jurisdiction&authorities can permit only if she(daughter Honeypreet) is wiling: S Mahajan
#12:50 PM:Probed&found after Baba( #RamRahimSingh) was convicted, lawyers filed plea,stating his medical conditions: Sanjiv Mahajan, Journalist
#11:45 AM: Spl CBI judge Jagdeep Singh leaves from Panchkula, expected to reach Rohtak within 40 min. Court proceedings at Sonaria jail to begin at 2:30
#11:30 AM: Meeting on Punjab, Haryana situation at North Block ends. Officials have been directed to continuously monitor the situation
#11:12 AM: The Centre today said the situation in Haryana, which is braced for the sentencing of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, is tense but under control with the Army conducting flag march in sensitive areas.
Officials said security has been tightened across Haryana while the Delhi Police is in full alert to foil any attempt by anyone to disturb peace.
“As per report of the DGP control Room, Haryana, the situation is tense but under control. Columns of Army are doing flag march continuously,” a Home Ministry spokesperson said.
#10: 53 AM: High-level meeting underway at North Block to discuss security situation in Punjab, Haryana ahead of Ram Rahim Singh's sentencing. HM Rajnath Singh, NSA Ajit Doval, Home Secy, Director IB & other Home Ministry officials present at ongoing meeting in North Block.
#10:37 AM: Objectionable items were kept hidden in fields, interrogation underway: Navdeep Singh Virk, IGP Rohtak Range
#10:30 AM: Have recovered around 100 objectionable items including batons from Sonipat's Bahalgarh Dera: Navdeep Singh Virk, IGP Rohtak Range
#10:00 AM:Have multi-layered security to see ppl don't gather, or any untoward incident takes place:Navdeep Singh Virk,IGP Rohtak Range
#9:55 AM:If any unidentified person tries to go near high security area at Sunaria jail complex, 'shoot at sight' can be implemented:IGP Rohtak Range
#9:50 AM: 23 Dera followers arrested in Punjab's Sangrur till now.
A special courtroom has been set up in the Sunaria Jail in Rohtak.
“A special courtroom has been set up on the instructions of the high court within the jail and proceedings will be carried out there, which are expected to be conducted at around 2:30 in the afternoon tomorrow,” IG (Rohtak Range), Navdeep Singh Virk said on Sunday.
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.
Meanwhile, locals have been asked to stay indoors as a preventive measure.“We have made appropriate arrangements to maintain law and order in the district,” a senior police official said.
The district administration is also providing buses to facilitate the departure of Dera followers.