Day 1 of Dera headquarter search ends; computers seized

Dera Sacha Sauda

Deputy director (information), Satish Mehra informed that the next course of action with regard to the sanitization operation will be decided by Friday evening after meeting between administration officials and Court Commissioner Pawar.

The two minor boys have been handed over to the police.

However, curfew will remain in force near Dera Sacha Sauda complex, he said adding that relaxation will be given to the residents to buy daily necessities.

The search is being monitored by AKS Pawar, Court Commissioner appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Besides, some fire tenders, heavy earth moving machines and tractors have also been pressed into service for the sanitization exercise.

Authorities in Haryana have carried out sanitization of 117 "Naam Charcha Ghars" associated with the Dera, where its followers assemble for prayers and discussions."Some objectionable items were seized during searches at their premises following the arrest of convicted Dera chief", Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Monday.

However, following Gurmeet Ram Rahim's arrest and sentencing to 20 years on two counts of rape of his female disciples, the tokens have now been rendered worthless.

"The forensic experts were coordinating with other teams which were already inside taking part in the sanitisation and search operation", Mehra said.

An unregistered luxury vehicle and some banned currency notes were also seized during the sanitisation exercise which also involved forensic examination of his so-called cave where he allegedly used to sexually exploit women.

NIA conducts raids at residences of Hurriyat-G leaders
The J&K police and the CRPF have laid siege around these locations to facilitate smooth raids, the official sources said. Early in the morning, a NIA team conducted searches at the residence of Hurriyat leader Agha Syed Hassan in Budgam.

The Dera premises also houses educational institutions, markets, a hospital, stadium, recreational areas and houses.

The Haryana Police had earlier said that it was in touch with its counterparts in other states and was hopeful that Honeypreet and Aditya Insan, another key aide of the Dera head, would soon be found.

Authorities and security agencies have started a search and sanitisation operation inside the sprawling Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters near Sirsa town in Haryana.

Senior officers told TOI that they have recovered one bulletproof SUV from the dera's headquarters which belongs to the intelligence wing of Punjab police.

A search operation at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters at Satnaam Chowk in Sirsa district was launched by the team of policemen and officials.

Honeypreet has also acted in the film "MSG 2 - The Messenger" and had a guest appearance in "MSG - The Warrior Lion Heart", in which the Dera chief played the lead roles.

Haryana's Panchkula witnessed widespread violence by Dera followers after Gurmeet Singh's conviction, leaving 35 people dead and over 250 injured.

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