Live Dera Sacha Sauda Headquarters search operation: After crackdown on Ram Rahim’s cave, cops find cash, luxury car, expensive wardrobe and more

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Dera sacha sauda search operation Live Updates: A large number of security forces and district authorities on Friday began a massive 'sanitisation' exercise in Ram Rahim Singh's Dera sacha sauda headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana.

Dera sacha sauda search operation Live Updates: A large number of security forces and district authorities on Friday began a massive ‘sanitisation’ exercise in Ram Rahim Singh’s Dera sacha sauda headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana. (PTI image)

Dera sacha sauda search operation Live Updates: A large number of security forces and district authorities on Friday began a massive ‘sanitisation’ exercise in Ram Rahim Singh’s Dera sacha sauda headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana. It has been learnt that 41 Paramilitary companies, 4 Army columns, Police of 4 districts, one SWAT team, one dog squad and bomb squad deployed for the search operation. Earlier, Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection with two rape cases. Following the conviction by a CBI court in Panchkula, large-scale violence broke out leaving 35 people dead. Apart from it, six others had died in incidents of violence in Sirsa, according to reports.

Track live updates of search operation at Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa

11:30 PM: There were reports of plastic “coins” or tokens being found during the operation but it could not be confirmed.

11:20 PM: A man who shared the cell with the Dera Sacha Sauda chief said Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh started crying aloud when locked up in the jail, saying “Main kitta ki hai, mera ki kasoor hai (What have I done, what is my fault)”, said an ANI report.

11:10 PM: According to ANI report, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh even cried in jail when lodged after being sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.

11:00 PM: A report of the entire ‘sanitation exercise’ will be submitted to the high court by the court commissioner, with a copy to the state government, as per PTI.

10:50 PM: During the 12-hour exercise ordered by the High Court, hard disk drives and unlabelled medicines were also recovered, said Haryana’s Information and Public Relations Department Deputy Director, said a PTI report quoting Satish Mehra, who has been authorised by the administration to speak to the media.

10:40 PM: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who featured in a few films directed and co-produced by himself, also has some shops in the complex where consumer products launched two years ago under “MSG” brand are sold, as per PTI.

10: 30 PM: According to NDTV, the Dera campus includes an ‘international school’, shops, a hospital, a stadium, houses and a cinema theatre that screens Ram Rahim’s ‘MSG’ franchise movies.

10: 20 PM: Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction reaffirmed my faith in law: Son of slain scribe told PTI.

10: 10 PM: Arrested Panchkula Dera aide Surinder Dhiman Insan had told police about Honeypreet’s role in plotting the escape bid of Gurmeet Ram Rahim soon after he was convicted for 20 years by a special CBI court.

10: 05 PM: A lookout notice for Honeypreet Insaan was issued by Haryana Police earlier.

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10: 00 PM: Honeypreet was last spotted in Rohtak on August 25 when she had desired to meet Gurmeet Ram Rahim in Sunaria jail in Rohtak.

9: 50 PM: According to a report by India Today, close aide of Gurmeet Ram Rahih, Honeypreet Insan is facing a threat to her life, say intelligence reports and the Haryana government has been alerted about the possible threat.

9: 40 PM: He said five boys were found inside the dera premises today, two of whom are minor. “The minor boys hail from Kaithal (in Haryana) and Uttar Pradesh. Both have been handed over to the District Child Protection Officer,” Satish Mehra told PTI.

9: 30 PM: A forensic team from IIT Roorke reached the Dera during the day today. They started inspection of Dera’s Gufa,” said Haryana’s Information and Public Relations Department Deputy Director, Satish Mehra, who has been authorised by the administration to speak to the media.

9: 20 PM: The ‘gufa’ was inspected by the forensic experts from IIT Roorkee as part of sanitisation of the sprawling ‘dera’ campus here, an official of the Haryana government told PTI.

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9: 10 PM: A report of the entire exercise will be submitted to the high court by the court commissioner, with a copy to the state government, reported PTI.

9: 00 PM: Hisar Inspector general of police Amitabh Dhillon, Sirsa SP Ashwin Shenvi and Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh are also part of the exercise: PTI

8: 52 PM: Photo of the black Toyota Lexus luxury SUV without the number plate seized at the Dera headquarters

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8: 35 PM: The campus has palatial bungalows of Ram Rahim’s family members. However, none of them are in the premises since 25 August, when the sect chief was convicted of rape and sent to jail, IANS said.

8: 25 PM: Dera Sacha Sauda houses a stadium, a hospital, educational institutions, luxury resort, bungalows and markets, reported IANS.

8: 20 PM: “This grant was not given to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. It was given to encourage sportspersons of the Dera,” Vij said. Whenever any grant is given to any society or institute, it has to submit utilisation certificate which is examined by the government from time to time, he added.

8: 10 PM: On a controversy surrounding government grants being given to the Dera, Vij told PTI that he had gone to attend a sporting event organised by the Dera a year ago and had announced a grant for the promotion of sports.

Security forces stand guard the main entrance to the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters, in Sirsa. (Image: PTI)

8: 00 PM: “The search operation began at 9 am and peacefully concluded at 6.30 pm inside the Dera headquarter premises. It will resume again on Saturday,” said district deputy commissioner Prabhjot Singh told First Post.

7: 50 PM: “There have been reports in the media that about 14 bodies being sent from the Dera to a medical college in Lucknow. If this was done, all formalities should have been completed. The reason for sending the bodies must also be ascertained,” Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij told PTI.

7: 45 PM: 2 minors found in Dera Sach Sauda, watch video:

7: 39 PM: Sixteen ‘nakas’ have been set up near the Dera. Forty-one companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in Sirsa district, the news agency added further.

7: 30 PM: The Dera, spread over nearly 800 acres, has been divided into ten zones for the purpose of sanitisation and searches, with each zone under the control of a senior officer: PTI

7: 25 PM: Speaking to ANI, Rohtak jail inmate Somu Pandit who is out on bail said that Ram Rahim Singh would be killed by inmates if left alone without security, such is anger against him.

7: 20 PM: The search operation of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s Dera Sacha Sauda ends for the day. Activity to resume tomorrow morning, reports ABP News.

7: 15 PM: Journalists were stopped at the Shah Satnam Singh Chowk, about seven kilometres from the headquarters. The chowk, which separates the heart of the city from the Dera, is also under heavy security.

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7: 10 PM: According to PTI, curfew remains in force on roads leading to the Dera headquarters. The roads are also blocked and no unauthorised person is being allowed to move towards the Dera premise, the news agency added.

7: 05 PM: Vij has asked the Director General of Health Services to conduct the investigation at the earliest.

7: 00 PM: After media reports about 14 bodies taken from the Dera to a medical college in Lucknow, Haryana health minister Anil Vij ordered an inquiry into the same on Friday, reported First Post.

6: 55 PM: Visual of the main entrance to the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa ahead of the search operations.

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6: 50 PM: According to ABP News, 1500 pair of shoes, designer clothes were also found from Dera campus earlier today.

6: 30 PM: According to First Post, the entire search operation conducted under the supervision of retired District and Sessions Judge AKS Pawar is being videographed by him.

6: 25 PM: As many as 11 girls are missing from Ram Rahim’s Dera Sacha Sauda. Watch video

6: 15 PM: The lexus car recovered from Dera Sirsa Headquarter has been brought to Police Station Sirsa by police, reported ANI.

6: 05 PM: The search operation at the Dera headquarters have been going on for nearly eight hours now

5: 55 PM: Some endangered animals have been found in the Dera premises, reported India Today.

5: 45 PM: Five people have been found, including two minors. Police have also recovered one walkie-talkie, Mehra informed further.

5: 40 PM: Forensic Team from Roorkee has entered Dera Sirsa Headquarter: Deputy Director of the Haryana Public Relations Department Satish Mehra told ANI.

5: 35 PM: India Today also informed that a search team reaches MSG fashion mart, Honeypreet’s readymade garments factory.

5: 30 PM: According to India Today, a black luxury car without number plate and 1200 new notes were also found at Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters.

5: 15 PM: Even after being convicted, followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh hails him as ‘God’. Watch video

5: 05 PM: According to Indian Express, Dera changed its name from ‘gufa’ to ‘Tera Vaas’ (your home) about 10 years ago to avoid controversy.

4: 40 PM: It is being said that even the Twitter accounts of Dera Sacha Sauda and convicted Ram Rahim Singh have  been blocked by the micro-blogging site.

4: 30 PM: Speaking to ABP News earlier today, Vipassana Insan chairman of Dera Sacha Sauda informed that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will continue to head the Dera.

4: 25 PM: Security forces search documents of Dera Sacha Sauda, watch video

4: 15 PM: The Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) has revoked the work permit of rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Insan on 2 September, reported First Post.

4: 00 PM: On the allegations of human remains inside Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s den, a Dera newspaper came with a bizarre defence stating that is was done because Ram Rahim encouraged his followers to donate remains to buy them in premises rather that immersing in rivers and polluting them, reported Republicworld.com

3: 55 PM: “The Dera has always followed the law. We appeal to all the followers to maintain peace,” Dera chairperson Vipassana Insan said, in a statement.

3: 50 PM: As the security forces storms into the cave of jailed Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, it is still being suspected that around 800 people are still inside the headquarters.

3: 45 PM: Amidst the search operation at Ram Rahim’s den, Chairperson of Dera Sacha Sauda, Vipassana Insan, appeals to followers to maintain peace.

3: 40 PM: The Haryana Police reached Kheri looking for Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s close aide Honeypreet Insaan as she was suspected to have left for Nepal through the porous border, reported PTI.

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3: 30 PM: The district administration is reportedly taking help from Haryana locksmiths in order to access the vaults found inside Dera premises, reported New 18.

3: 25 PM: According to a report by First Post, the cops have also recovered demonetised currency worth Rs 7,000 cr from Dera HQ.

3:20 PM: In the wake of a search operation being conducted at the Dera headquarters here, a series of plastic currency was found in the markets near the Dera today, according to ANI reports

3:17 PM: These currency tokens, which are given in exchange of money, were used to purchase commodities inside the Dera.

3:14 PM: According to the people, these plastic currencies had been operating inside the Dera for quite a long time.

3:11 PM: “This currency has been running here for very long. The people used to give money to buy these tokens,” said a Dera follower.

3:08 PM: Meanwhile, a computer, hard disks and cash were recovered in the search.

3:05 PM: Heavy security was deployed here and in surrounding areas in wake of the search operation.

3:04 PM: Ten companies of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), along with the Haryana Police, were deployed at the Shah Satnaam Chowk. A forensic team was called from Roorke.

3:02 PM: A curfew has also been imposed in the areas surrounding the Dera and there will be no relaxation given in these areas till the search operation is on.

2:59 PM: WATCH- Latest update from ongoing search operation at Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa

2:54 PM: An exercise to carry out “sanitisation” of the sprawling Dera Sacha Sauda sect headquarters premises began at Sirsa this morning.

2:51 PM: The Haryana government had filed a plea on Friday last seeking “permission to hold sanitisation process of the Dera headquarter in Sirsa under “judicial supervision”, following the incarceration of sect chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, for raping two disciples. The HC earlier this week appointed Court Commissioner for the purpose.

2:48 PM: 41 companies of the Paramilitary Forces, four columns of the Army, the Haryana Police from four-five districts, 16 Checkpoints, one SWAT team and one dog squad have been deployed.

2:45 PM: “A forensic team has been called from Roorke. Computer and hard disk, cash recovered and two rooms have been sealed,” said Deputy Director, PRO Satish Mehra.

2:42 PM: Ten companies of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), along with the Haryana Police, have been deployed at the Shah Satnaam Chowk.

2:39 PM: Earlier, the Deputy Director, PRO, Haryana Government has said a computer, hard disks and cash have been recovered, adding that a forensic team has been called from Roorke.

2:36 PM: I donated money to Dera Sacha Sauda and not to the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. We took utilization certificate also, said Haryana Minister Anil Vij.

2:33 PM: WATCH- Search operation underway at Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa

2:30 PM: The police and the Dera management have maintained that licensed weapons have been deposited by most Dera followers at Sirsa with the police authorities.

2:27 PM: Large-scale violence broke out in Panchkula after the Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction in rape cases, leaving 35 people dead. Six others died in incidents of violence in Sirsa. Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

2:24 PM: Among the central forces, CRPF, Sashastra Seema Bal, Rapid Action Force and BSF are deployed in Sirsa. Aerial surveillance is also likely to be maintained when the sanitisation will take place, officials said.

2:21 PM: The premises of the Dera, whose chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was jailed in rape case, is spread over 800 acres and houses educational institutions, markets, hospital, stadium, recreational areas and houses.

2:18 PM: WATCH– Things that have been found during search operation at Dera sacha sauda Headquarters in Sirsa

2:15 PM: All internet, mobile, dongle, SMS services suspended in Sirsa till 10th September. Voice calls to continue, says Deputy Director Satish Mehra on Dera HQ search

2:12 PM: Pharmacy medicines without label/brand found, OB Van, Lexus car without number also found, says Deputy Director Satish Mehra on Dera HQ search

2:09 PM: In the wake of ongoing search operation at the Dera Headquarters here today, the Deputy Director, PRO, Haryana Government on Friday said a computer, hard disks and cash have been recovered, adding that a forensic team has been called from Roorke.

2:06 PM: “A forensic team has been called from Roorke. Computer and hard disk, cash recovered and two rooms have been sealed,” said Deputy Director, PRO Satish Mehra.

2:03 PM: Ten companies of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), along with the Haryana Police, have been deployed at the Shah Satnaam Chowk. The search operation had begun early in the morning.

2:00 PM: “The search process has started in a peaceful manner and the Dera people are fully cooperating with us, while there is no kind of security issue there,” Deputy Director Mehra, earlier, told ANI.

1:57 PM: 41 companies of the Paramilitary Forces, four columns of the Army, the Haryana Police from four-five districts, 16 Checkpoints, one SWAT team and one dog squad have been deployed.

1:54 PM: A bomb squad will also accompany the officials and security personnel inside the headquarters in Sirsa.

1:51 PM: A curfew has also been imposed in the areas surrounding the Dera and there will be no relaxation given in these areas till the search operation is on.

1:48 PM: Ahead of the search operations, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s close aide and Dera chairman Vipassana Insan appealed the self proclaimed godman’s followers to maintain peace.

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1:45 PM: “This order is issued to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order in district Sirsa and shall remain in force till 10.9.17 (23:59 hrs)..,” it says.

1:40 PM: The orders have been issued under the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017.

1:35 PM: The order said, “whereas, it has been reported by Deputy Commissioner, Sirsa, that in order to stop panic among public on account of this (sanitisation) operation and to curb spread of rumours in district Sirsa…therefore considering the critical situation and to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state..temporary suspension of telecom services is ordered.”

1:30 PM: An exercise to carry out “sanitisation” of the sprawling Dera Sacha Sauda sect headquarters premises began at Sirsa this morning.

1:25 PM: The Haryana government had filed a plea on Friday last seeking “permission to hold sanitisation process of the Dera headquarter here under “judicial supervision”, following the incarceration of sect chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, for raping two disciples. The HC earlier this week appointed Court Commissioner for the purpose.

1:20 PM: A report of the whole sanitisation process, which will be videographed, will be submitted to the high court by the court commissioner, with a copy to be given to the state government.

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1:12 PM: Mobile Internet services, including 2G, 3G, 4G, CDMA and GPRS, all SMS services and all dongle services provided on mobile networks, except voice calls, in Sirsa district shall remain suspended till 23:59 hrs of September 10, the order issued by the Haryana government’s Home Department said.

1:09 PM: Mobile Internet services have been suspended with immediate effect in Sirsa district to prevent any disturbance of public order and to curb spread of rumours in view of the “sanitisation” exercise being carried out at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters.

1:06 PM: Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s plastic currency found in markets near Dera Sacha Sauda’s Headquarter in Sirsa, ANI reported.

1:03 PM: Dera Sacha Sauda’s Salabatpura centre in Bathinda district is the biggest one in Punjab.

1:01 PM: Bathinda Zone IG, M S Chhina said that Zora Singh will be produced before a court in Bathinda today

12:59 PM: Zora Singh was among those accused of triggering violence in Bathinda following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case by a special CBI Court at Panchkula last month, he said.

12:56 PM: WATCH- locksmiths were called in Ram Rahim Singh ‘gufa’

12:53 PM: “Zora Singh has been arrested,” Bathinda Zone IG, M S Chhina said. Singh has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including sedition, he said.

12:50 PM: The incharge of Dera Sacha Sauda centre at Salabatpura, in Bathinda district, who had been booked for sedition and other charges was arrested yesterday, a senior Punjab Police official said.

12:47 PM: This order came after the Haryana Police seized a cache of 33 licensed weapons of the Dera Sacha Sauda. These weapons include 14 revolvers, nine guns, four rifles and other modified weapons. The police later seized and sealed all the weapons.

12:44 PM: “The Dera has always followed the law. We appeal to all the followers to maintain peace,” Vipassana Insan said, in a statement.

12:41 PM: Earlier on September 5, the Punjab and Haryana High Court gave orders to conduct a search operation at the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda, under the supervision of a judicial officer.

12:38 PM: WATCH- Curfew imposed in Sirsa

12:36 PM: The police has entered the headquarters and the search operations will begin once Court Commissioner A.K.S. Pawar comes.

12:33 PM: Ahead of the search operations, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s close aide and Dera chairman Vipassana Insan has appealed the self proclaimed godman’s followers to maintain peace.

12:30 PM: A curfew has also been imposed in the areas surrounding the Dera and there will be no relaxation given in these areas till the search operation is on.

12:28 PM: 41 companies of Paramilitary Forces, four columns of the Army, the Haryana Police from four-five districts, 16 Checkpoints, one SWAT team and one dog squad have been deployed.

12:25 PM: A bomb squad will also accompany the officials and security personnel inside the headquarters in Sirsa.

12:22 PM: Heavy security has been deployed in Sirsa and surrounding areas in wake of search operations at the Dera headquarters which are to begin later today.

12:19 PM: WATCH- Search operation in Ram Rahim Singh ‘gufa’ is underway

12:16 PM: Over 100 namcharcha ghars, associated with the Dera, have already been sanitised in the state, he had said.

12:13 PM: The Haryana government had come under attack for allowing a huge build up of Dera Sacha Sauda followers in Panchkula. CM Khattar had said the violence could have turned much worse had the government not been alert.

12:11 PM: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had earlier said that some “objectionable” items were found during the sanitisation of ‘namcharcha ghars’ (congregation centres of Dera Sacha Sauda) in the state.

12:08 PM: A report of the whole sanitisation process will be submitted to the high court by the court commissioner, with a copy to be given to the state government.

12:06 PM: WATCH- Rooms full of cash found

12:03 PM: 2 rooms full of cash have been sealed and objectionable objects were found in Ram Rahim Singh ‘gufa’, according to reports.

12:00 PM: The Haryana government had filed a plea on Friday seeking “permission to hold sanitisation process of the Dera headquarter here under “judicial supervision”, following the incarceration of the sect chief.

11:58 AM: The HC earlier this week appointed a court commissioner for the purpose.

11:56 AM: A report of the whole sanitisation process will be submitted to the high court by the court commissioner, with a copy to be given to the state government.

11:53 AM: ‘The police and the Dera management have maintained that licensed weapons have been deposited by most Dera followers at Sirsa with the police authorities.

11:50 AM: Among the central forces, CRPF, Sashastra Seema Bal, Rapid Action Force and BSF are deployed in Sirsa.

11:47 AM: Watch this video

11:44 AM: Policemen of the anti-bomb disposal squad and 40 commandos of Special Weapons and Tactics team and dog squad would also be deployed for the sanitisation process.

11:42 AM: As many as 16 ‘nakas’ have been set up near the Dera. A total of 41 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in Sirsa district.

11:40 AM: The premises of the Dera is spread over nearly 800 acres, and houses educational institutions, markets, hospital, stadium, recreational areas and houses.

11:38 AM: Court Commissioner Pawar had arrived in Sirsa yesterday and held a meeting with top officials of the civil and police administration including the paramilitary to take stock of things before the process was to be undertaken.

11:35 AM: Watch- These things have been seized from Ram Rahim Singh ‘gufa’

11:32 AM: The Dera management today said it will cooperate in the sanitisation process.

11:30 AM: 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 yesterday.

11:28 AM: Besides, some fire tenders, heavy earth moving machines and tractors have also been pressed into service for the sanitisation exercise.

11:25 AM: Watch- Search operation at Ram Rahim Singh gufa

11:22 AM: Some computers, hard disks and cash seized.Few rooms also sealed.Forensic team has been called from Roorkee, says Deputy Director Satish Mehra

11:20 AM: A large number of vehicles including police buses and paramilitary vehicles, Quick Reaction Team vehicles, bomb disposal squad and anti-sabotage team vehicles, carrying cops and paramilitary personnel and vehicles of the district administration carrying officials drawn from various government departments made their way inside the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters premises in the morning, according to reports.

11:17 AM: Curfew remains enforced on the road leading to the Dera headquarters. No unauthorised person was being allowed to go inside Dera premises.

11:15 AM: Watch this video

11:12 AM: Dera has always followed law. Appeal followers to maintain peace: Vipassana Insan, Dera Spokesperson on search ops in Dera’s Sirsa Headquarters.

11:10 AM: In a fresh appeal to sect followers, Vipassana on Friday urged them to cooperate in the search operation. Hours before the search operation began, the sect’s mouthpiece “Sach Kahoon” on Thursday admitted that human remains were buried inside the premises.

11:07 AM: The entire sanitisation process is being videographed and is being 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.

11:04 AM: Court commissioner AKS Pawar has reached Dera premises & search ops has begun.Situation is normal.: Dy Director (Info& PR Dept) Satish Mehra

11:02 AM: Dera administration chairperson Vipassana, who is a close aide of the sect head, said: “We are cooperating with the local administration. All weapons of the Dera and individuals inside (the premises) have been deposited with the authorities. We have nothing to hide.”

11:00 AM: The premises, where the sect chief lived, known as the “gufa” (cave), is itself spread in an area of nearly 100 acres. It is said to have ultra-luxury facilities, according to IANS report.

10:58 AM: WATCH– It has been learnt that 41 Paramilitary companies, 4 Army columns, Police of 4 districts, one SWAT team, one dog squad and bomb squad deployed for the search operation.

10:55 AM: Heavy security deployed, curfew imposed in vicinity of  Dera Sacha Sauda Headquarters in Sirsa as search inside the premises continues

10:52 AM: The Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters  is spread over two campuses, 600 acres and over 100 acres, about 8 km from Sirsa and 260 km from Chandigarh. It houses a stadium, a hospital, educational institutions, luxury resort, bungalows and markets. Hundreds of people and sect followers permanently live and work in the mini-township.

10:49 AM: But people opposed to the sect’s activities said that the operation had been delayed and alleged that the Dera management could have hidden or taken out weapons and other incriminating things out of the campus in the past few days since Ram Rahim was convicted on August 25.

10:46 AM: District officials said that the “mystery” over the “dirty secrets” of the Dera and its now jailed chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who has been sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment by a CBI special court on two counts of rape of his female disciples, could be revealed in the search operation.

10:43 AM: WATCH- Crackdown begins in Ram Rahim Singh ‘gufa’

10:40 AM: The search is being conducted under the supervision of court commissioner A.K.S. Pawar appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Courts.

10:38 AM: Senior district administration and police officers, along with para-military forces and Haryana Police, were involved in the videographed operation around the sprawling 700-acre campus.

10:35 AM: Duty magistrates have been appointed for various zones of the Dera. Officials from police, revenue, health, education, tourism and other departments have also participated.

10:30 AM: Bomb disposal squads, commandos, dog squads and locksmiths were deployed.

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