Ram Rahim rape verdict: Internet services snapped in Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar
Section 144 imposed to prevent people from gathering and rioting.
Last Updated: February 1, 2018, 3:38 pm
Jaipur: The district administrations of Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar in Rajasthan have impose section 144 of CrPC, banning gathering of five or more people and snapped mobile internet services for 48 hours to prevent spread of rumors ahead of the Ram Rahim rape verdict. The administration and the police fear that a law and order situation can be created on Friday after a court decides if self-styled spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is guilty of rape. The followers of self-styled spiritual guru are in substantial numbers in Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar districts which border Punjab. The districts can witness a law and order situation if Gurmeet Ram Rahim is held guilty by a Panchkula court. “We have decided to stop internet services from 8 pm on Thursday for 48 hours so that people couldn’t spread rumors or inflammatory messages in form of text, video or images,” said a district administration officer. The case, filed in 2002, accuses Ram Rahim of sexually exploiting two women followers at his ashram; he has denied any wrongdoing. Separately, a court has asked the CBI to investigate whether he encouraged 400 men to undergo castration, promising it would benefit them spiritually. Related story: High alert in Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar as Ram Rahim held guilty of rape
First published: August 24, 2017