Dera Standoff Police takes weapons into possession 1,000 personnel deployed
Tribune News Service
Even as followers of the Sacha Sauda sect have started reaching the local dera branch in the wake of the Akal Takht deadline for tomorrow, the district police authorities have left nothing to chance.
Information gathered by TNS revealed that about 400 dera followers have so far reached the dera branch.
The district police authorities led by SSP Nau Nihal Singh carried out a security deployment and anti-riot drill at the village this evening. It also took into possession licensed weapons held by residents in this district. Police sources say so far about 300 licensed weapons have been taken into possession.
Official sources said of the total 3,000 policemen, including paramilitary personnel, which had been deployed in the district, 1,000 had been deployed in this village alone.
Every vehicle entering this village was being searched. All roads leading to this village had been barricaded.
The followers of the dera have also set up morchas inside the dera despite the fact that BSF personnel have set up a security wall in and around the dera, which is spread over about 90 acres.
A senior official of the police said a team of the police would carry out a search of the dera premises tonight.
Meanwhile, the village wore a deserted look as the residents preferred to remain indoors.