Over 1500 CISF personnel are guarding Sunaria Jail where Dera Sacha Sauda chief is currently lodged
Following the failure of the local police to contain violence in Panchkula and Sirsa after the court convicted Ram Rahim for rape, the Centre gave directives to CISF to “secure Rohtak”.
At present more than 1,500 CISF personnel are guarding the Sunaria Jail in Rohtak, where Ram Rahim is currently lodged after a CBI court Monday sentenced him to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment.
It appears that the Centre does not wish to take another chance. “An order came from the Centre, asking us to deploy our men in the area following which 12 companies were sent to Rohtak. They will be stationed there till the situation normalises and further orders are given,” said director general of CISF O.P. Singh.
Police said 38 people were killed when security forces opened fire on Dera Sacha Sauda followers went on the rampage after its chief, Ram Rahim, was held guilty of raping two women devotees.
A CISF spokesperson said most companies have been deployed in and outside the jail to ensure proper security, while a few have been deployed across the city.
“The CISF is sent when the law and order situation worsens drastically. It was an extraordinary situation there (Haryana) because of which we were asked to deploy our force to assist the local police. We also deployed companies in Panchkula and Sirsa but now most of our personnel have been asked to move to Rohtak and remain there till further orders,” he said.
The order, sources said, was issued on Friday.
The spokesperson added, “We have the expertise in access control, electronic surveillance, anti-sabotage drills and are well-equipped to deal with untoward situation so we have been asked to stay there till the situation settles.”
Senior officers like deputy commandants and assistant commandants besides inspectors, head constables and constables have been deployed on ground.
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