Punjab and Haryana Court had directed the Police authorities to conduct a search operation at Dera HQ after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in rape case.
As many as 41 Paramilitary companies, 4 Army columns, Police of 4 districts, one SWAT team, one dog squad and bomb squad raided self-styled Godman’s Dera headquarters.
Around 10 teams of officials from police, revenue, health, education, tourism and other departments, under the super vision of court commissioner AKS Pawar, began the operations yesterday morning and conducted searches at the 700-acre dera campus.
What they have found out till now is pretty baffling. According to sources, medicines without labels, computers, hard disks, a luxury car without a registration number, a walkie-talkie and an OB van were seized in the raids. Apart from this, Rs 7000 in old currency and Rs 12,000 in new notes were also recovered.
Ram Rahim’s own plastic currency has been found in Dera Sacha Sauda HQ itself. The pictures posted by the news agency show Rs 10 and Re 1 plastic coins with “Dera Sacha Sauda” marked on them. Two rooms have also been sealed by the security so far.
Speaking to ANI, the Deputy Director, PRO, Haryana Government on Friday informed that a computer, hard disks and cash have been recovered and a forensic team has been called from Roorkee.
At least 5 people, including 2 minors and 3 women have been rescued from the HQ. The two minor children have now been handed over to the DCPO.
The search teams have also found hundreds of pairs of shoes, designer clothes and colorful caps of the disgraced sect chief.
Today, an illegal explosive factory and two secret tunnels – one leading from Ram Rahim’s residence to saadhvi’s residence have also been discovered. 85 cartons of explosive material were recovered from the premises, which members of the sect say was used in making firecrackers. The factory has been sealed and a forensic team is examining the nature of the explosives.
Hours before the sear operation started, “Sach Kahoon” mouthpiece of Dera admitted that skeletons were buried at the premises. The health department in Sirsa has begun an inquiry into the donation of 14 dead bodies by Dera Sacha Sauda to a private medical college in Uttar Pradesh between January and August 2017.
A mock drill was also conducted today to shift Ram Rahim from Sunaria jail to the hospital for treatment if needed.
Ram Rahim’s headquarters in Sirsa is spread over two campuses, with one 600 acres, and the other over 100 acres. It houses a stadium, a hospital, educational institutions, luxury resort, bungalows, and markets. Hundreds of people and sect followers permanently living and working in the mini-township.