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Sant Ramanand's body arrives in Jalandhar, security up
The dead body of Sant Ramanand, the slain Dera Sachkhand Ballan leader reached Jalandhar on Thursday (June 04). His body will be cremated at around 3pm. More that one lakh devotees have already gathered at the dera
ULTIMATELY THE dead body of Sant Ramanand, the slain Dera Sachkhand Ballan leader who was shot in a Vienna on May 24, arrived at Jallandhar from New Delhi today (June 04). Earlier, body was carried to New Delhi from Vienna by a special chartered flight, as thousands of devotees already made it to Dera Sachkhand by last evening. Sect Chief Sant Niranjan Das, who was injured in the attack, also came to India by the same flight.

Union Ministers Ambika Soni, Kumari Shailaja and Praneet Kaur reportedly were present at the airport when the body earlier arrived at New Delhi. Then body was airlifted in a helicopter to the dera in Ballan, near Jalandhar in a helicopter. The Punjab government has run up a bill of over Rs one crore for chartering the plane and helicopter.

Dera Sachkhand general secretary SR Heer told Merinews writer, who was  at Dera from last night   that the body of the Sant arrived in Delhi last night and was being brought to Ballan near Jalandhar this morning by a special helicopter. It would be placed for darshan for the devotees, after performing religious rituals. The Punjab government has borne all the expenditure for bringing the body to Punjab and Chief Minister's Principal Secretary Darbara Singh Guru was accompanying the body.

A special 15-seater chartered plane, carrying a Punjab government delegation, went to Austria from New Delhi on Tuesday (June 2) to bring back the body of the slain Dera leader. Kartarpur (Punjab) MLA Avinash Chander, principal secretary to chief minister DS Guru and retired IAS officer Som Prakash were accompanying a medical team, which escorted the body.

The Sant died when he was attacked by gun wielding miscreants at a Gurdwara in Vienna last month, sparking violence and riots in the districts of Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala. Sant Niranjan Das, the head of the Dera was injured in the shootout.

He added that the cremation would take place between 3 pm and 4 pm. “We expect more than one lakh people to pay their last respects to the departed soul,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Army has been put on alert, while more than 10,000 security personnel, including the jawans of Punjab Police and the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) have been deployed on all the roads leading to the Dera Sachkhand at Ballan to maintain law and order at the time of cremation of Sant Ramanand.

Apart from the Punjab Police forces requisitioned from other districts of the state, more then 250 personnel of the Uttar Pradesh Rapid Action Police (RAP) with anti riot vans equipped with water shower system, plastic bullet guns and teargas mechanism have been put on duty.

The RAP requisitioned from Meerut includes more than 50 lady constables also. The administration has also deployed the BSF and CRPF on the roads leading to the Dera Sachkhand to ward off any untoward incident.

The administration has deputed police chiefs of four districts of Kapurthala, Khanna, Jagraon and Nawanshahar apart from Jalandhar SSP to ensure maintenance of peace during the cremation as large crowd is likely to converge on the Dera. Executive Magistrates from other district have also been put on duty at certain places where violence had erupted after the Sant was assassinated.

Night curfew in Phagwara, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and at certain places in Ludhiana had not yet been lifted.

The police have diverted traffic on highways to ensure that the vehicles coming from Pathankot, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Chandigarh and other cities of the state neither enter Jalandhar nor move out of the city.

Those proceeding to Amritsar from Ludhiana will move via Phillaur, Nurmahal, Nakodar, Kapurthala and Subanpur, without touching Phagwara and Jalandhar.

Those going to Pathankot from Ludhiana will move via Dasuya, Hoshiarpur and Phagwara by-pass without touching or crossing Jalandhar.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has made it clear that the law and order will be maintained at any cost during the funeral of Sant Ramanand at Ballan in Jalandhar. Badal has said none of the mischievous elements would be allowed to repeat the violence and arson in the state.

Answering a question regarding compensation to all those persons whose properties were damaged in the recent violence and arson incidents following the assassination of Sant Ramanand, he said all the cases were being reviewed and after finalising them due compensation would be given to the sufferers.

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