CHANDIGARH/ROHTAK: Haryana’s BJP-JJP coalition government, led by CM Manohar Lal Khattar, granted Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the controversial head of Dera Sacha Sauda, a day’s parole on October 24.
The dera chief — at present imprisoned in Rohtak after his conviction in cases of rape and murder — was granted parole to meet his ailing mother who is hospitalised in Gurgaon, highly-placed sources said. The dera chief was taken under heavy security from Sunaria jail to the Gurgaon hospital on October 24 and stayed with his mother till the evening.
Sources told TOI that three companies of the Haryana police — one company has 80-100 jawans — were involved. The dera chief was transported from jail and back in a police vehicle with curtains. In Gurgaon, police vehicles were parked in the basement of the hospital and the entire floor where his mother was under treatment was vacated.
“We had received a request from the jail superintendent seeking security for Ram Rahim’s visit to Gurgaon. We had provided the security during his transportation from sunrise to sunset on October 24. Everything remained peaceful,” Rohtak SP Rahul Sharma confirmed to TOI. Only the CM and a few senior Haryana government officials had information about the exercise, which was apparently carried out on the instructions of BJP top brass. Even the jawans were not aware of the identity of the person they were escorting.
According to experts, by granting parole in such a manner, the Haryana authorities have created permanent grounds for him to seek release on parole in the future.