Published On: Fri, Aug 25th, 2017

Dera chief takes road to Panchkula court; Over 200 trans cancelled

Chandigarh: Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Friday left his sect headquarters and headed for the CBI court in Haryana’s Panchkula town accompanied by scores of cars full of his supporters.

He is likely to reach Panchkula in about four hours

The sect chief has been directed to appear personally in the court in a case pertaining to alleged rape and sexual exploitation of a former female disciple.

The Central Bureau of Investigation court, 15 km from here, will give its verdict on Friday afternoon.

There was speculation earlier that the Dera chief would fly by helicopter from his Sirsa headquarters for the verdict.

He is likely to reach Panchkula in about four hours (260 km distance) by road. Singh enjoys Z-plus security cover from the Haryana Police.

Tension has prevailed in Haryana and Punjab in the past 72 hours in the build up to the verdict against the sect chief with thousands of his followers gathering in Panchkula, Sirsa and other places.

Meanwhile, the railways on Friday cancelled over 200 Haryana-bound trains as security concerns mounted ahead of CBI court’s verdict in a case involving Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh with lakhs of his supporters gathering in Panchkula town.

A Northern Railway official said that at least 201 trains heading to Haryana on Friday have been cancelled in view of the law and order situation in the state. The trains cancelled included 92 express and 109 passenger trains.

Some of the cancelled trains were Jaipur-Chandigarh Intercity Express, Barmer-Kalka Express, Barmer Haridwar Link Express, Firozpur-Chandigarh Express, Kalka Himalyan Queen.

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