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Dera chief case verdict: Ban on vehicle movement on Aug 24, 25

A two-day ban — on August 24 and 25 — has been imposed on vehicular movement on roads near Haryana’s Panchkula district court complex in view of a verdict in a sexual exploitation case against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief.

“The police and the administration of Panchkula have imposed a complete ban on August 24 and 25 on the movement of vehicles on five roads adjoining the court complex,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of Panchkula Ashok Kumar said here.

The step has been taken in view of the verdict in a case concerning Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25, he said.

The special CBI court in Panchkula will pronounce the judgement in the sexual exploitation case against Rahim on August 25 and the chief of the Sirsa-headquartered sect has been asked to appear in person.

The DCP said that elaborate arrangements have been made to maintain law and order and ensure smooth flow of traffic in the area.

Roads adjoining the district court complex and the dividing road of Sectors 1 and 2 will remain closed for two the days, he said.

The dividing road of Sectors 1 and 6, the road from Old Panchkula to Tank Chowk traffic lights and Majri Chowk road under the flyover would also remain closed, the officer said.

He said that people have been appealed to not use these routes and cooperate with the administration.

Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula Gauri Parashar Joshi has directed the managers of all government and private guest and rest houses not to make new bookings without police verification and approval of the additional deputy commissioner.

They would also make sure that the identity of the people who are already staying at these guest houses are verified by the police, she said.

The deputy commissioner said that a report of the verification would be submitted to the additional deputy commissioner. Stern action would be taken against those found violating these instructions, she said.

Two control rooms have been set up in view of the possibility of any “emergent” situation, Joshi said.

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