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Illegal Explosives Factory Found Inside Dera HQ, Search Continues On Day 2

11 September 2017

An illegal explosives factory has been found inside the headquarter of the Dera Sacha Sauda premises in Sirsa, after forces continued search operation for the second day on Saturday.

The premises of the dera, whose chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was jailed for 20 years in two rape cases last month is undergoing a search and sanitisation process. The forensic team from Roorkee is expected to arrive at the Dera premises later in the day to analyse these skeletons. All weapons of the Dera and individuals inside (the premises) have been deposited with the authorities.

The sanitising operations are still ongoing, with a 1000 paramilitary troops on the Dera premises, under the supervision of former judge, AKS Pawar.

Two key functionaries of Dera Sacha Sauda were also arrested on Friday for allegedly inciting violence in Panchkula.

The dera chief, who featured in a few films directed and co-produced by himself, also has some shops in the complex where consumer products launched two years ago under "MSG" brand were sold.

Earlier, five Haryana policemen, who were part of Ram Rahim's security when he travelled from Sirsa to the CBI court on August 25, were charged with sedition and dismissed from service over the alleged conspiracy to help him escape.

If left alone without security, the Dera chief can be murdered, says an inmate out on bail.

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Asked whether he would reach out to the followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda in future to seek votes, he said, "We seek votes from all". She had said that prior to her exploitation, she would see some of the girls coming out of the 'gufa' weeping.

The sprawling Dera headquarters houses a stadium, hospital, educational institutions, a resort, houses, markets, and other infrastructure. Court Commissioner will submit his report to Punjab & Haryana HC.

The sanitisation exercise, which involved various government agencies, ended today and will bring to the locals as the mobile internet as well as train services, which had been suspended, will resume from tomorrow, he said.

Over 30 people were killed and hundreds injured in the violence.

Plastic currency used by Dera supporters, a Lexus auto without a number, unlabelled pharmacy medicines, Outside Broadcasting (OB) van, cash, hard discs and computers have been seized from the Dera premises so far.

The premises, where the sect chief lived, known as the "gufa" (cave), is itself spread over an area of almost 100 acres. "Every sector will be investigated according to their instructions", Satish Mehra said.

Illegal Explosives Factory Found Inside Dera HQ, Search Continues On Day 2