Section 144 imposed in Punjab ahead of Gurmeet Ram Rahim verdict

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Chandigarh, Aug 24 (ANI): As a precautionary measure, the Punjab Government has imposed Section 144 across the entire state with immediate effect and shut all schools and colleges on August 25, the day the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will give its final judgment over the 14 year-old rape case against the Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. According to the statement issued by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s office, a complete ban has been issued on carrying of firearms until the situation normalises. The Chief Minister has also ordered withdrawal of 1000 police personnel from VVIP security for deployment on field duty to strengthen the security blanket in the state, said an official spokesperson. The Centre has sanctioned an additional 10 companies of paramilitary forces to maintain law and order in the state.

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