Highlights | Dera search: Tunnel from Ram Rahim’s ‘gufa’ to sadhvis’ quarters found

Ongoing search operations at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa also revealed the existence of an illegal explosives factory and firecrackers.

punjab Updated: Sep 09, 2017 19:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Sirsa
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Heavy security in Sirsa as search of the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters continues on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

Security agencies and district authorities again began with search operations at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters near Haryana’s Sirsa town on Saturday morning amid tight security in the area.

Here are the highlights:

3:55 pm: “A fibre tunnel too has been located during the search of the dera,” deputy director (information) Satish Mehra said.

3:45 pm: Earlier in the day, the search operations revealed the existence of an illegal explosives factory and firecrackers, which were promptly sealed.

2:55 pm: Forty one companies of paramilitary forces, four Indian Army columns and Haryana Police contingents from four to five districts are manning 16 checkpoints.

2:05 pm: Heavy security in and around Sirsa to allow the search operations at the Dera headquarters to go on smoothly.

1:45 pm: Search operations will continue till evening and action will be initiated thereafter.

12:55 pm: Search teams find a window-shaped tunnel connecting Ram Rahim’s house — also known as Baba ki gufa — to the sadhvis’ residence.

12:45 pm: Mehra informed the media that empty boxes, which are used to store AK-47 magazines, have been found.

12:40 pm: Explosives and fire-crackers seized.

12:30 pm: “Some minor children have been rescued, one is from Uttar Pradesh and the other is from Kaithal. They have been handed over to the district child protection officer,” Deputy director (information) Satish Mehra said.

12:15 pm: Mehra said a set of walkie-talkies has also been found inside the room of convicted Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

11: 47 am: Mobile services in the area were suspended on Friday considering “the critical situation”.

11:00 am: On Day One of the Dera sanitisation, scrapped currency had been seized.

10:35 am: Heavy security across Sirsa, where the dera headquarters are located.

10:12 am: Deputy director (information) Satish Mehra says factory inside dera sealed.

9:53 am: Explosives were being used to manufacture fireworks and crackers in a factory.

9:30 am: Search operations begin. Illegal explosives factory found inside the Dera Sacha Sauda premises.

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was awarded a 20-year jail term after a special CBI court found him guilty of raping two female sadhvis.

(with inputs from agencies)

First Published: Sep 09, 2017 11:27 IST