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Ram Rahim verdict: Dera Sacha Sauda chief leaves for Panchkula court with convoy of 800 cars

Ahead of the CBI court's verdict in the 15-year-old rape case, high security arrangements have been made in several areas in Punjab and Haryana. Meanwhile, Ram Rahim is headed to Panchkula in a convoy of 800 cars.

At least two lakh Dera followers, also known as 'premis', are camping in Panchkula near Chandigarh and have made open threats that they will "wipe out India" if their 'Pitaji' is convicted.

Dera Sacha Sauda has a huge following in Punjab as well as Haryana and both the states are on high alert.

Late Thursday evening, Gurmeet Ram Rahim released a video asking his supporters to maintain peace and return to their homes but his followers have ignored the appeal.

"I appeal to everyone to maintain peace. I had asked the Dera followers, who have gone to Panchkula to return to their homes, earlier as well. I will go to the court. We all should respect law and maintain peace," Gurmeet Ram Rahim said in the video message.

The home ministry is monitoring the situation in both Haryana and Punjab: MoS Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir.

Eighteen trains has been cancelled from Jammu, Katra and Udhampur railway stations.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim is being taken to Panchkula from Sirsa via road. 201 trains originating or passing through Haryana have been cancelled.

74 trains have been cancelled for today in the view of law and order situation in Haryana ahead of verdict.

Fearing trouble, especially if the verdict goes against the controversial Dera chief, thousands of jawans, including 15,000 paramilitary troops, have been deployed in sensitive areas across Punjab and Haryana.

The Army was called out in Sirsa today, ahead of a court verdict in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, even as security was tightened, with senior police personnel carrying out a flag march outside the the sect headquarters here.

The Army is on standby in Sirsa, home to Ram Rahim's headquarters since Thursday evening. Army was also deployed in Panchkula, where the CBI will anounce its verdict today. A curfew has been imposed in Sirsa and three neighbouring villages.