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Dera Head verdict : Section 144 in Punjab, school & colleges to remain closed on Aug 25

Agencies, Chandigarh Section 144 has been imposed, and all schools and colleges in Punjab have been ordered to remain shut on August 25, in view of the upcoming court verdict in the Ram Rahim rape case. A complete ban has been issued on carrying of firearms, with orders to shut down the private gun houses selling arms and ammunition to license holders, till the situation normalises, an official spokesperson disclosed after a meeting convened by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh this evening to review the state’s security arrangements with the police top brass ahead of the judgement. The Chief Minister has also ordered withdrawal of 1000 police personnel from VVIP security for deployment on field duty to strengthen the security blanket in the state, an official spokesperson said after the meeting, attended, among others, by DGP Suresh Arora, DGP Intelligence Dinkar Gupta and DGP Law & Order HS Dhillon. The Centre has sanctioned an additional 10 companies of paramilitary forces to maintain law and order in the state. A total of 85 central companies along with thousands of policemen on the ground will maintain a tight vigil, especially in the vulnerable areas of Moga, Bathinda, Sangrur, Barnala, Patiala and Ludhiana, said the spokesperson. Capt Singh has asked the police officials to fan out across the sensitive districts to ensure that there is no disruption of the law and order in the state in view of the impending order. Security has been tightened along the state’s borders with Haryana, as well as the connecting roads to prevent any incursions.

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