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Dera HQ search operation: Cash, objectionable goods recovered

Shubhanshu Sharma

Shubhanshu SharmaBy Shubhanshu Sharma

Published on 8 Sep 2017 10:22 AM GMT

Dera HQ search operation: Cash, objectionable goods recovered
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Sirsa: The entire Haryana has been put on high alert following the search operations at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters here, whose chief Gurmeet Singh has been sentenced to 20-year imprisonment in two rape cases.

In the search operation, which was ordered by Punjab and Haryana High Court, the officials have so far recovered a whopping sum of cash, several laptops and computers. Several rooms inside the campus have also been seized.

The search was being conducted under the supervision of court commissioner AKS Pawar appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Keeping in view the violence erupted after the conviction of the 'rapist Baba', the state administration has made proper security arrangements in and outside the Dera campus.

As per the court's order, the officials are also making a video recording of the entire search operation at the Dera campus which has been divided into 10 zones by the investigators.

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To unfold the mysteries connected to the campus, the state administration has also called upon JCB machines to dig at particular places where they suspect something objectionable has been hided. It has also been reported that an expert has been called to unlock several rooms and boxes.

Earlier on September 4, Haryana Police had recovered a huge lot of weapons and ammunition from the Dera campus. The recovered weapons have been stored inside the Sadar police station here. The legality of the weapons is still being investigated.

Senior district administration and police officers, along with para-military forces and Haryana Police, were involved in the videographed operation around the sprawling 700-acre campus.

Duty magistrates have been appointed for various zones of the Dera. Officials from police, revenue, health, education, tourism and other departments have also participated.

Bomb disposal squads, commandos, dog squads and locksmiths were deployed.

All roads leading to the headquarters from Sirsa and nearby places were sealed. Even media was not allowed near the Dera campus.

District officials said that the "mystery" over the "dirty secrets" of the Dera and its now jailed chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who has been sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment by a CBI special court on two counts of rape of his female disciples, could be revealed in the search operation.

But people opposed to the sect's activities said that the operation had been delayed and alleged that the Dera management could have hidden or taken out weapons and other incriminating things out of the campus in the past few days since Ram Rahim was convicted on August 25.

The Dera is spread over two campuses, 600 acres and over 100 acres, about 8 km from Sirsa and 260 km from Chandigarh.

It houses a stadium, a hospital, educational institutions, luxury resort, bungalows and markets.

Hundreds of people and sect followers permanently live and work in the mini-township.

The premises, where the sect chief lived, known as the "gufa" (cave), is itself spread in an area of nearly 100 acres. It is said to have ultra-luxury facilities.

Security was tightened around the Dera headquarters since Wednesday following the approval granted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the state government to "search and sanitise" the premises.

Dera administration chairperson Vipassana, who is a close aide of the sect head, said: "We are cooperating with the local administration. All weapons of the Dera and individuals inside (the premises) have been deposited with the authorities. We have nothing to hide."

In a fresh appeal to sect followers, Vipassana on Friday urged them to cooperate in the search operation.

Hours before the search operation began, the sect's mouthpiece "Sach Kahoon" on Thursday admitted that human remains were buried inside the premises.

The Dera newspaper, while defending the action of the Dera management in burying the human remains, said this was done as the sect chief encouraged followers to donate the remains to the sect for burial and prevent these from being immersed in rivers, causing pollution.

Shubhanshu Sharma

Shubhanshu Sharma

Writer has 6 years of experience in digital media. Presently working as Senior Sub Editor at newstrack.com. An avid reader and always willing to learn new things and techniques.

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