Rampal’s court date today, police on high alert

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 10, 2014 09:09 IST

Ahead of the probable appearance of Hisar-based self-styled godman Sant Rampal before the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday, heavy security has been deployed at the local Railway station. More than 5,000 policemen of the UT police, the Government Railway Police Force (GRPF) and the Railway Protection Force (RPF), besides paramilitary, have been deployed to tackle any eventuality in the city.

The GRPF and the RPF will hold the fort at the railway station, while the UT police will handle the security outside the station and other places in the city.

On November 5, over 20,000 supporters of Rampal had created ruckus at the station for several hours and caused major inconvenience to local passengers.

As he did not present himself, the court had directed Haryana DGP and the chief secretary to arrest him and present before the court on November 10. However, no major movement of supporters was visible till evening.

GRPF SP Ashok Kumar said 5,000 supporters had gathered a night before the previous hearing. “This time, there is no major movement of his supporters, but we have made all possible arrangements,” he said.

Sources said if Rampal’s supporters managed to gather at the railway station, the departure of all in-bound passengers would be shifted to Panchkula side of the station.

“As far as arrival is concerned, the GRPF has not put any barricades on entry points to the railway station. But, if the Chandigarh police put up some barricades, as it was done last time to stop Rampal’s followers from entering the city, we cannot comment,” said Kumar.

The Chandigarh police claims to have sealed all unmanned entry points to stop supporters from entering.

Chandigarh SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said they had imposed Section 144 (prohibitory orders) till November 10.

“We have deployed 5,000 personnel, including 3,000 UT police personnel besides paramilitary. Special teams have also formed to check supporters,” he said.

He said the force had already sealed the main entry point to the railway station by digging pipes and bamboos. He added strict action would be taken if the prohibitory orders were violated.

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