Ram Rahim Verdict: Many Dera followers fainted

Sirsa: Many Dera followers fainted as Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's convoy passed in Sirsa ahead of the verdict.  

Security forces are facing a tough situation as many Dera followers remained reluctant to move, with most saying they had come to the town on their own and will move only after the court delivers its verdict. 

However, authorities said they had sealed the road leading to the district court complex in Panchkula and nobody was being allowed on that route. 

"We will not move out from Panchkula till the time we have pitaji's (Ram Rahim) 'darshan'. We will wait till the court verdict," said an aged follower who had come from Bathinda in Punjab. 

The Dera head is expected to reach Panchkula in the afternoon to remain present in the court before the verdict. 

Past midnight a few columns of Army also reached Panchkula after the state government sent a request to the Centre.

Haryana, Punjab and Union Territory Chandigarh went into lockdown since yesterday, shutting mobile Internet services, trains, schools, colleges and buses. 

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his Punjab counterpart Capt Amarinder Singh will be taking stock of security situation in their respective states.

Apart from Haryana, Punjab too has a sizeable presence of Dera Sacha Sauda followers including Bathinda. 

Haryana DGP B S Sandhu had yesterday said that night-long operation will be carried out in Panchkula and the Dera followers will be moved out in buses being arranged by the government. 

News24 Bureau/With inputs from PTI