Security forces of Friday conducted sanitisation operations inside self-proclaimed Godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa.
During the operation, police unearthed an OB van, luxury car without number, Rs 7000 in demonetised currency and pharmacy medicines without label/brand found among other things. Internet services remained suspended in the area during the operations.
Heavy security force deployment was seen at the main entrance of headquarter on Friday morning.
The entire sanitisation process was videographed and was overseen by retired District and Sessions Judge, A K S Pawar, who was appointed as Court Commissioner by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday.
41 Paramilitary companies, 4 Army columns, Police of 4 districts, 1 SWAT team and 1 dog squad deployed for search of Dera headquarter in Sirsa.
As a precautionary measure, curfew was imposed in areas surrounding Dera Sacha Sauda headquarter.
Highlights of Santation operations in Dera headquarter in Sirsa:
#Lexus car recovered from Dera Sirsa Headquarter has been brought to Police Station Sirsa by police
#Forensic Team from Roorkee has entered Dera Sirsa Headquarter: Deputy Director of the Haryana Public Relations Department Satish Mehra
#Five people have been found, including two minors. Have recovered one walkie-talkie: Deputy Director Satish Mehra on Dera HQ search
#As the security forces continued search operations at the Dera premises in Sirsa, reports say that around 700 to 800 people are still inside the headquarters, including several children who are students at the welfare schools run from within the headquarters. The police has sealed entry and exit routes of the Dera premises.
#Meanwhile the Dera's current head has appealed to followers to maintain law and order:
An Appeal: All are requested to maintain peace and follow law & order and support the search process at Dera Sacha Sauda campus. pic.twitter.com/SA5LbRuEik— vipassana (@VipassanaInsan) September 8, 2017
# Pharmacy medicines without label/brand found, OB Van, Lexus car without number also found, said Dy Director Satish Mehra on Dera HQ search
# All internet, mobile, dongle, SMS services suspended in Sirsa till 10th September. Voice calls to continue, said Dy Director (Info & PR Department)
# Haryana: Found in markets near Dera Sacha Sauda's Headquarter in Sirsa- "Gurmeet Ram Rahim's plastic currency"
Haryana: Found in markets near Dera Sacha Sauda's Headquarter in Sirsa-"Gurmeet Ram Rahim's plastic currency" pic.twitter.com/ZwhlJtSl70— ANI (@ANI) September 8, 2017
# In the first two hours, a large amount of cash including banned currency, hard discs and computers were seized and two rooms were sealed at the Dera Sacha Sauda sect's headquarters covering around 800 acres
# Latest visuals from Sirsa: Heavy security deployed, curfew imposed in vicinity of Dera Sacha Sauda HQ as search inside the premises continues
# Court commissioner AKS Pawar has reached Dera premises & search ops has begun. Situation is normal: Dy Director (Info & PR Dept) Satish Mehra
# Haryana: JCB machine entering Dera Sacha Sauda HQ in Sirsa; authorities have also called 10 blacksmiths inside the HQ as search operations continue
# Haryana: Bomb Squad is also accompanying officials and security personnel inside Dera Sacha Sauda HQ in Sirsa for search operation
# Dera has always followed law. Appeal followers to maintain peace: Vipassana Insan, Dera Spokesperson on search operations in Dera's Sirsa HQ
# Sirsa: Security personnel & concerned officials entered premises of Dera Sacha Sauda HQ to conduct search as ordered by Punjab & Haryana HC
# Haryana: Curfew imposed in areas surrounding Dera Sacha Sauda HQ in Sirsa, there will be no relaxation till search operations continue
# Haryana: 41 Paramilitary companies, 4 Army columns, Police of 4 districts, 1 SWAT team & 1 dog squad deployed for search of Dera HQ in Sirsa
# Sirsa: Security deployed at Satnaam Chowk, main entrance to #DeraSachaSauda HQ. Security forces will conduct search operations inside Dera today
As per reports, security personnel and concerned officials has entered premises of Dera headquarter to conduct search as ordered by Punjab & Haryana High Court.
Bomb Squad has also accompanied officials and security personnel inside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarter.
JCB machine has also entered Dera headquarter in Sirsa. Authorities have also called 10 blacksmiths inside the HQ as search operations continue.
"Dera has always followed law. Appeal followers to maintain peace," said Vipassana Insan, Dera Spokesperson on search operations in Dera's Sirsa HQ.
"Court commissioner AKS Pawar has reached Dera premises and search operations has begun. The situation is normal as of now," said Deputy Director (Info & PR Dept) Satish Mehra.
“We have formed a strategy and are hopeful that the sanitisation process will be conducted in a smooth manner. The Dera management too has expressed willingness to cooperate with the local administration and police during investigation,” Haryana Police DGP B S Sandhu said in Chandigarh on Thursday.
The premises of the Dera, whose chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was jailed in rape case, is spread over nearly 800 acres, and houses educational institutions, markets, hospital, stadium, recreational areas and houses.
Earlier, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had appointed retired District and Sessions Judge A K S Pawar as Court Commissioner to oversee the sanitisation process.
Senior officials of the police and civil administration will be part of the exercise.
The formalities enabling Pawar to oversee the mammoth sanitisation exercise were being completed, official sources said here.
DGP Sandhu said “as far as our arrangements are concerned, we are prepared (for sanitisation process)”.
He said that while the sanitisation process will be overseen by the Court Commissioner, Haryana police personnel, paramilitary forces, duty magistrates, executive magistrates and revenue officials will part of the exercise.