Ram Rahim’s top aides without testes, may confirm mass castrations in Dera
The chief legal adviser and the personal assistant of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have had their testicles removed, police found after arresting them, raising fears that forced castrations may have been widespread in the sect led by a man who is now in prison for rape.
Lawyer Daan Singh and Rakesh Kumar were arrested over the widespread violence carried out by followers of the sect after their leader was convicted of rape in late August.
“During investigation, it was found that testicles of the two were missing. We have now asked for their medical examination from the local government hospital,” said a police official in Panchkula, the epicentre of the violence.
Officials have now set up a committee of medical experts to determine if there was a natural explanation for the missing testicles.
A former Dera Sacha Sauda member had in 2012 alleged that at least 400 men were castrated after being drugged inside the sect’s Sirsa, Haryana campus. Gurmeet Singh would apparently tell his followers that the procedure would get them “closer to god”.
Navkiran Singh, the counsel of the former Dera leader who made the allegation, said: “These findings are not really surprising. We want CBI investigation to conclude at the earliest in this matter”.
The CBI is investigating the castration cases since 2015 and the recent findings could give momentum to the case.
A senior police officer said the CBI has been informed and according to Panchkula civil surgeon Dr Sanjeev Trehan, a medical board has been set up to determine the circumstances in which the testicles of Daan Singh and Rakesh Kumar were removed.
The medical examination of the two will be conducted on Monday.
Trehan said such examinations involve hormonal studies and diagnostic tests such as ultra scan to find out whether or not they faced any surgical removal of organs.
Panic gripped the residents of Janetpur, Dera Bassi, after a woman and some children spotted a leopard in the fields around 11 am on Thursday. Villagers informed the police, who alerted the wildlife department. Swinging into action, the department set up a cage to trap the wild cat and made announcements asking people to stay indoors. A wildlife department team, along with police personnel, has also been deployed in the area.
With an aim to help patients with chronic Inflammatory bowel disease manage the disease effectively, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research launched IBD cards on Thursday, globally celebrated as World IBD Day. IBD, an ongoing illness caused by the inflammation of the intestines, has two main types: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. The IBD card has been designed by PGIMER's gastroenterology department, in association with Colitis and Crohn's Foundation, India.
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has imposed a fine of ₹5 lakh on a Dera Bassi-based pharmaceutical company for multiple violations of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act. Located in Saidpura village, the firm, Nectar Life Sciences, manufactures antibiotic drugs. During an inspection of the firm's plant in the village on March 29, a PPCB team found untreated effluents being discharged into the fly ash area for stagnation.
Angered over the snatching of Raju's rickshaw, a rag-picker battered a 24-year-old youth to death and injured another man while they were asleep in the Sector-38 market in the wee hours of Thursday. Around 11 pm on Wednesday, while he was returning home, Manoj and Kishori, also rag-pickers, intercepted him near the e-Sampark Centre in Sector 38-D. An altercation ensued and the accused forcibly snatched his rickshaw.
After the recent spell of severe heat, some relief is around the corner, as the India Meteorological Department has forecast chances of light rain in the city every day till May 24. The city's maximum temperature continued to rise, going up from 40.3C on Wednesday to 41C on Thursday, 3.4 degrees above normal. The minimum temperature also went up from 23.2C on Wednesday to 26.4C on Thursday, 3.7 degrees above normal.