Chandigarh: Hours before the court’s verdict in rape case against self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, paramilitary forces stayed put through the night in Panchkula and Sirsa. Army is also on stand by in the state. Meanwhile, local police has warned Dera Sacha Sauda followers of stern action if they try to enter the Union Territory. About 1.5 lakh Dera followers have gathered in Panchkula and Sirsa, two strongholds of the leader. Ram Rahim has denied that he sexually exploited two female followers in 2002. Government offices in Panchkula and Chandigarh will be closed today along with schools and colleges.
Here are the live updates of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s rape verdict: