Amritsar, August 25
With the followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, on a rampage in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, the city police have been on a high alert to maintain law and order. The ambience in the district remained peaceful throughout the day as followers of the sect here are meagre in numbers.
The worst hit areas were Panchkula (Haryana), adjoining Chandigarh, and the Malwa belt of Punjab where the Dera followers have a good strength. The violence started no sooner the CBI court in Panchkula convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case. The quantum of punishment would be pronounced on Monday.
Though nothing untoward happened in the city, the police and district administration took no chance and ensured adequate security arrangements. The police and paramilitary forces remained deputed at most of the chowks and vulnerable points.
As the government had declared holiday, the people preferred to remain at their houses. They remained glued to TV screens and kept on calling their relatives in and around Chandigarh, especially in Panchkula, to know their well-being. The family members of mediapersons, who had gone to Panchkula, kept on calling them as there were reports of attack on scribes.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kamaldeep Singh Sangha along with Deputy Commissioner of Police (law and order) Amrik Singh Pawar urged the people to maintain peace in the holy city. They met heads of various religious organisations and sought their help for maintaining peace.
The DC said the people should honour the decision of the CBI court.
DCP Amrik Singh Pawar said, “The police have made appropriate security arrangements in association with personnel of the BSF and the Punjab Armed Police (PAP), who are deployed at every nook and corner of the city. In case people come across any information regarding violence in their areas, they should inform the police so that appropriate measures can be taken immediately.”
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner SS Srivastava remained in the field and visited many check points along with entry and exit points in the city. He said the police would not allow anyone to deteriorate the law and order.