Illegal Explosives Factory Found Inside Premises; Fire Crackers Seized

The Hindu

A tunnel and a passageway connecting Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's quarters to the hostel of his female disciples were on Saturday found by the security agencies during the second day of a massive sanitisation exercise inside the headquarters of his sect.

A team of forensic experts from IIT Roorkee was also roped in to search the premises amid allegations that human remains were also buried in the premises.

The Dera Chief has lakhs of followers across the nation and even overseas.

Police sources said that interrogation of some of the arrested Dera activists had revealed a plot in which ₹5 crore was paid as "supari" to criminal elements to instigate violence.

The search team moves towards the Dera HQ on Saturday.

However, following Gurmeet Ram Rahim's arrest and sentencing to 20 years on two counts of rape of his female disciples, the tokens have now been rendered worthless.

A curfew has been imposed in and around Sirsa, Haryana, where the 800-acre sprawling campus of the Dera Sacha Sauda is located.


The three-day long search operations at Sirsa's Dera Sacha Sauda headquarter concluded on Sunday.

To which, the Court agreed and appointed retired District and Sessions Judge AKS Pawar to supervise the entire search operation.

An unregistered luxury auto and some banned currency notes were also seized during the sanitisation exercise which also involved forensic examination of his so-called cave where he allegedly used to sexually exploit women.

Speaking to news agency PTI, Haryana Police DGP B S Sandhu said: "We have formed a strategy and are hopeful that the sanitisation process will be conducted in a smooth manner". The Gufa itself is spread over in an area of almost 100 acres.

Internet services in Sirsa district were suspended by local authorities on Friday.

Mr. Mehra has further said that the search team has discovered a window in the cave of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, which leads to way to Sadhvi Aavaaz and girls hostel.

The Dera premises comprised of a heart-shaped multi-specialty hospital, along with a luxury resort housed in a ship-shaped structure. Hundreds of people and sect followers permanently live and work in the mini-township. The Haryana administration has authorized Mehra to interact with the media in this search case. The arson and violence left 35 people dead and scores of people injured in Panchkula.

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