Security has been beefed up in northern Rajasthan after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by a Panchkula court on a charge of rape. Prohibitory orders have been issued in Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh districts bordering Punjab and Haryana on Friday.
The administration has also suspended mobile Internet services to maintain law and order. Both the districts are home to many Dera followers while Sriganganagar is the birth place of Ram Rahim Singh. Sriganganagar Collector Gyana Ram and Hanumangarh Collector Prakash Purhoit said police has been deployed and security measures are being taken. Senior officers of both the districts have been asked to keep a strict vigil and not leave the district headquarter. The Collectors, however, asserted that the situation is completely under control.
Mr. Purohit said the administration has sought the cooperation of Dera supporters in maintaining peace and harmony at this time. Security measures have also been stepped up in Gurusar Modiyagaon, the birth place of Dera Chief, some 38-km from Sriganganagar town.
North-Western Railway spokesperson said the passenger trains have been partially cancelled and timings have been changed accordingly. The Rajasthan Roadways spokesperson said that the services of buses plying on Haryana and Chandigarh routes have also been suspended since last night.