A day before self-styled 'godman' from Haryana, Rampal, was asked to appear before the Punjab and Haryana high court, the city railway station and surrounding areas wore a completely different look on Sunday as cops from different police agencies, including UT police, paramilitary forces and Haryana police, were deployed at different areas to maintain the law and order situation in the tricity.
Hundreds of police personnel have been deployed inside and outside the city railway station alone. Keeping the tricity cops on toes again, Rampal is expected to appear in the court on Monday.
The court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him on November 10 in order to ensure he appears before the court on November 17.
Like the past incidents- to which Rampal gave a miss- the UT police are expecting huge number of supporters to throng the city.
Meanwhile, passengers were a harried lot due to continuous checks at the footbridge inside the railway station. Those without tickets were not allowed inside the station.
"I wanted to cross the footbridge from Chandigarh to Panchkula platform as I had to receive my family from that side. However, I ended up indulging in a heated argument with cops as they asked me to wait outside or show the ticket to them,"said Raman Kaushal, a resident of Sector 34, Chandigarh.
The traffic chaos was also witnessed near the railway station due to police barricades at the station gates and borders of Chandigarh and Panchkula.
"We don't want to take any risk. There are strict directions from the high court to arrest the godman so we are sure his supporters will also throng in large numbers, and will try to disrupt peace. Around 5,000 cops have been kept on toes,"said deputy commissioner of police Rahul Sharma, adding that police barricades had been set up at all main entry and exit points.