Army has been put on standby in the nearby regions of Chandigarh to control any unwanted situation in Chandigarh and nearby areas. More than what was expected, about 2 lakh Dera followers have gathered in and around Chandigarh ahead of Friday’s verdict in Panchkula.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday spoke to Union Home minister Rajnath Singh and Defence minister Arun Jaitley and apprised them of the emerging law and order situation ahead of Friday’s court verdict in Panchkula, official sources told PTI here.
The Haryana government had sent a requisition for deployment of Army in these two districts, the sources said.
Also the Punjab government has authorised the state DGP to impose curfew, if necessary, to maintain law and order. The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday came down heavily on the Haryana government for allowing the huge gathering of Dera Sacha Sauda followers at Panchkula and asked the Centre to immediately provide adequate force.
Officials have also announced that Sirsa city and three nearby villages will be under indefinite curfew from 10pm onwards as a precautionary measure.
Also, to prevent rumors from spreading and to discourage gathering of people, internet services has been suspended for 72 hours starting from Thursday evening following a collective decision to this effect by the authorities in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.