Ahead of the rape verdict for Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday wrote a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding the deployment of 256 companies of Paramilitary forces in Punjab from August 21 to 31. 

Till now, only 75 companies of forces have been given the Punjab government to ensure that law and order is maintained in the state.

The city of Punjab was put on high alert ahead of a Haryana court verdict this week.

Warning against any attempts to disrupt peace, Amarinder Singh told reporters in New Delhi that his government would not allow any disruption of law and order at any count and directed the state police to thwart any attempt to destroy peace.

“We have received 75 companies of central forces to maintain security and all steps were being taken to ensure that law and order is not disturbed in any way in the wake of the court orders,” he said.

A Special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Haryana’s Panchkula will pronounce its verdict in the rape case against Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25. The case hearing has been going on since 2007.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who has lakhs of followers in Punjab, Haryana, and other states, has been accused by a former female follower of raping her more than once inside the sprawling Dera campus on the outskirts of Sirsa town in Haryana, 260 km from Chandigarh.

(With IANS inputs)