Published On: Sat, Sep 9th, 2017

Dera search: Tunnel connecting Ram Rahim’s ‘gufa’ to sadhvis’ hostel found

Sirsa/Chandigarh: The search operation of the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters near Haryana’s Sirsa town continued on Saturday with hundreds of security personnel and local administration involved in the exercise.

Some chemical material to be used in making fire crackers was also found

A tunnel and a passageway connecting Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s quarters to the hostel of his female disciples were on Saturday found by the security agencies during the second day of a massive sanitisation exercise inside the headquarters of his sect.

From the ‘gufa’ where the Dera head used to stay, a passageway was found which opens to ‘Sadhvi Niwas’, (where his female disciples were kept), according to state Information and Public Relations Department Deputy Director, Satish Mehra, who has been authorised by the administration to speak to the media.

“A fibre tunnel too has been located during the search of the dera,” he said adding that the fibre tunnel is filled with mud.

Apart from it, ” fire cracker factory has been found inside the Dera premises and it is an illegal factory and has been sealed,” he said.

He said some chemical material to be used in making fire crackers was also found.

According to sources, the search teams had also found hundreds of pairs of shoes, designer clothes and colourful caps of the disgraced sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted on two counts of rape of female disciples in August.

The search operation began amid tight security and curfew in the area on Friday morning. The media was stopped at some distance from the Dera premises.

JCB machines, locksmiths, forensic experts and dog squads were called in to assist in the comprehensive search.

Internet services in Sirsa district were suspended by local authorities on Friday.

Duty magistrates were appointed for various zones of the Dera. Officials from the Police, Revenue, Health, Education, Tourism and other departments are involved in the operation.

Bomb disposal squads and commandos were also deployed inside the sect premises as a preventive measure.

All roads leading to the headquarters from Sirsa and nearby places were sealed.

 

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