Chandigarh, August 23: Ahead of a Haryana court verdict in an alleged rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, thousands of his disciples have gathered in Panchkula. Both Punjab and Haryana have been put on high alert ahead of the verdict on August 25.

A Special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Haryana’s Panchkula will pronounce its verdict in the case which has been going on since 2007. The sect chief, 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.

In order to maintain law and order, the Punjab government has received 75 companies of central forces to maintain law and order. Warning against any attempts to disrupt peace, Singh 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.

Heavy police deployment has been made in Bathinda, which shares its border with Sirsa, where the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda are located.

Meanwhile, the Haryana government has imposed prohibitory orders in the state. Anti-social elements or any other person who would try to disturb law and order would be arrested, Additional Chief Secretary Ram Niwas said.

With inputs from Agencies