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Highlights | 3-day long search operation at Sirsa’s Dera headquarters concludes; SMS, internet, railway services to resume tomorrow

During the search operations, irregularities were found in the functioning of the hospital inside the Dera campus. Also a secret tunnel, an illegal explosives factory, a luxury car and plastic money were found inside the Dera.

punjab Updated: Sep 10, 2017 18:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Sirsa
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Security personnel stand guard during the third day of search operation at the Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa on Sunday. (PTI)

Search operations by security agencies and district authorities entered its third day on Sunday at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters near Haryana’s Sirsa town. The media was stopped at some distance from the Dera premises. The sanitisation drive was being conducted under supervision of court commissioner AKS Pawar appointed by the Punjab and Haryana high court.

Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was found guilty of raping two female sadhvis on August 25. Special CBI court awarded the self-styled godman a 20-year jail term on August 28.

Highlights:

5: 35 pm: SMS, internet and railway services in Sirsa will resume from tomorrow. However, curfew will remain imposed till tomorrow, will be reviewed tomorrow evening. Relaxations will be given in morning and evening: Satish Mehra

5: 30 pm: Three-day long search operation at Sirsa’s Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters concludes: Deputy director of Haryana public relations department Satish Mehra. He said the court commissioner will submit his report to Punjab and Haryana high court.

4.45pm: During the search operations, irregularities were found in the functioning of the hospital inside the Dera campus. These included a skin clinic being operated without licence, irregularities in pregnancy tests and the bodies being sent to other hospitals.

4.40pm: Curfew continued in the villages around the headquarters premises with paramilitary forces and Haryana Police keeping a strict watch.

4: 18 pm: A secret tunnel and an illegal explosives factory were found inside the premises on Saturday.

4:08 pm: “The search was done peacefully in the Dera,” Satish Mehra said.

3:41 pm: Earlier on September 5, the Punjab and Haryana High Court gave orders to conduct a search operation in the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarter, under the supervision of a judicial officer.

3:29 pm: The search operation inside the Dera Sacha Sauda premises in Sirsa entered its third day on Sunday amidst heavy security deployed around the headquarters.

2: 13 pm: Over the last two days, search teams have recovered a luxury car and plastic money from the dera premises. The search and sanitation is expected to end today.

1: 09 pm: Court commissioner AKS Pawar, appointed by the Punjab and Haryana high court, is likely to visit soon to oversee the operation.

1:07 pm: Sanitisation is likely to end today.

1:05 pm: “The exercise was divided into ten sectors - nine of these sectors have been sanitised,” Satish Mehra said.

12:58 pm: “Operation almost complete,” says deputy director (information) Satish Mehra.

12:37 pm: Curfew continues in villages around the headquarters premises with paramilitary forces and Haryana Police keeping a strict watch.

11: 20 am: A luxury car, computers, hard disks and plastic currency has already been seized from the dera over the first two days.

10:55 am: On Day 2, search operations revealed the existence of an illegal explosives factory and firecrackers, which were promptly sealed.

10:03 am: On Day 2 of the search, a tunnel connecting Ram Rahim’s ‘gufa’ to sadhvis’ quarters was found

9 :45 am: Heavy security deployment around Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa as search operation resumes on the third day.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Sep 10, 2017 10:07 IST