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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Appeals His Followers For Peace Ahead of Rape Case Verdict

New Delhi, August 24, 2017 - The head (Guru) of Dera Sacha Sauda Gurmeet Ram Rahim - has confirmed that he will be present in the court for hearing in the rape case against him.

Self-styled godman and Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has appealed his followers to maintain peace a day ahead of the crucial verdict in a rape case in which he has been named.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim took to social media to announce that he will be present in the special Panchkula court tomorrow for the hearing in the 15-year-old case.

"I have always respected the law. Despite suffering from backache, I will be present in the court. I believe in God, appeal to all to maintain peace," Ram Rahim posted on his Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the state administration to maintain law and order and asked for a detailed report over arrangements made.

The court made it clear that it will not tolerate a repeat of Jat agitation-like scenario. The court also asked the Dera chief to help the administration maintain peace.

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- The Haryana government said it will seek the Army's help to maintain and order in the region.
Schools and colleges have asked to remain shut on Thursday and Friday. Leaves of all policemen have been cancelled.

- The Centre has also assured all possible help to the Punjab and Haryana governments to deal with any situation as thousands of Dera followers have already reached Panchkula.

- Chandigarh DGP Tejinder Singh Luthra said elaborate security arrangements have been made with over 5,000 security personnel being deployed at sensitive and vulnerable points to maintain peace.

-"One lakh 'premis' (dear followers) have already arrived in Panchkula," Chandigarh DGP Tejinder Singh Luthra said and asserted that nobody will be allowed to disturb law and order.

- State-owned Punjab Roadways will not ply its buses towards Sirsa, the Haryana town where Dera headquarters is located.

- A complete ban has been issued on carrying of firearms, with orders to shut down private gun houses selling arms and ammunition to license holders, a spokesperson said after a meeting convened by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to review the state's security arrangements.

- The chief minister also ordered withdrawal of 1,000 police personnel from VVIP security for deployment on field duty to strengthen the security blanket in the state.

- Some reports say Gurmeet Ram Rahim may be flown directly to Panchkula to avoid any trouble by his followers.

- The Dera Sacha Sauda chief is accused of raping two women 15 at his ashram in Sirsa 15 years ago.

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