Dera chief followers throng Panchkula

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While Punjab had already received 75 companies of central forces, Haryana got 35 companies to maintain security.

It must be mentioned here that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been accused by one of his follower of rape and not once but a few times in the Dera campus, which is on the outskirts of Haryana's Sirsa town.

Both Haryana and Punjab have been put on high alert ahead of the court order.

Fearing violence in the event of a guilty verdict, some 6,000 police and paramilitary were spread out in Panchkula alone, with thousands more on standby or deployed to nearby areas, including the neighboring city of Chandigarh.

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Beside these express trains, 11 passenger trains were also cancelled.

The CBI filed a chargesheet on 30 July 2007 and the trial against Ram Rahim began in 2008.

"We have always respected the law", he said, asking his followers to maintain peace. I have faith in God.

Sitting along the road, leading to the congregation centre, B.C. Joshi, who hails from Udham Singh Nagar in Uttarakhand strongly dismisses the allegations levelled against the Dera chief.

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A special CBI court said it will pronounce its verdict in a rape case against the Godman Gurmeet Ram Raheem and the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda on August 25.

Khatta Singh said to ensure the loyalty of his men, Gurmeet Singh has been getting their testicles surgically removed at a Dera-owned hospital in Sirsa. State-owned Punjab Roadways will not run its buses towards Sirsa, where the headquarter of Dera is located, from today, while PRTC will stop plying of buses towards Haryana on Friday.

Thousands of security personnel, including paramilitary forces, have been deployed to control the "premis" or sect followers at Panchkula, as they have converged from across the region.

Almost two lakhs of Ram Rahim's followers have gathered already in Panchkula, some 15 kms from Chandigarh, where the ruling will be delivered tomorrow at 2.30 pm. "We all know how the state has been protecting him, providing him Z-plus security cover despite his being facing the criminal cases of heinous nature", they said. "Internet services could also be disrupted, if required", he said.

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Talking to the media here, Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Ram Niwas said, "A notification has been issued to suspend mobile internet and data services in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh for 72 hours".

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