24/08/2017 9:59 PM IST | Updated 24/08/2017 10:00 PM IST

Ahead Of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's Rape Verdict, Indefinite Curfew To Be Imposed In Sirsa From 10 Tonight

Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters are situated in Sirsa.

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CHANDIGARH -- Indefinite curfew would be imposed in Sirsa town and three nearby villages from 10pm tonight as a "precautionary measure" to maintain law and order ahead of tomorrow's court verdict in Panchkula involving Dera Sacha Saudachief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

"Curfew will be clamped from 10pm tonight till further orders in Sirsa city urban area and three villages -- Nazia Khera, Shahpur Begu and Bajekan," Sirsa Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh told PTI.

He said the step has been taken as a "precautionary measure" to ensure that law and order is maintained.

Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters are situated in Sirsa, about 260km from here.

A CBI court in Panchkula will pronounce the verdict in a sexual exploitation case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, on Friday.

To a question on how long the curfew would be in place, Singh said, "It will remain in force till further orders. We will assess the situation in the morning and accordingly decide when to give relaxation."

The deputy commissioner along with the superintendent of police, Sirsa today held meetings with top ranking police officials and inspected the 'nakas' that have been laid at various places in the city.

The Sirsa district has been declared as "highly sensitive" ahead of the verdict.

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