In yet another setback for Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the Punjab and Haryana HC had yesterday accepted the government’s request and allowed sanitisation of Dera Sacha Sauda's headquarters.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who has styled himself as a spiritual leader, has been in jail for days now after being sent there for 20 years for rape. Since then, the situation on the ground is still creating problems for authorities. In fact, the curfew that was pressed in the surrounding areas of Dera Sacha Sauda’s Sirsa Headquarters in Haryana, continues to be imposed. With the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordering the search at the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda, the police is not allowing its alertness to lessen in any way. In yet another setback for Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the Punjab and Haryana HC had yesterday accepted the government’s request and allowed sanitisation of Dera Sacha Sauda’s headquarters. The HC appointed the Court Commissioner Anil Kumar Singh Panwar under whom the search operations will be conducted. As per the report by ANI, Panwar has reached Haryana’s Sirsa today.
The order of crackdown on headquarters of Dera by the High Court came a day after a huge cache of guns and ammunition were recovered from the premises. According to Haryana Advocate General Baldev Mahajan, the state government wanted the operations to be conducted as soon as possible. Indian Express had yesterday quoted Mahajan saying, “However, the process may take one or two days as first of all the High Court order will be sent to the Court Commissioner, who will take a call to initiate the search operation.”
Paramilitary forces and Haryana police will be entering the headquarters to assist the officers in the operation, according to a government official. Besides security and staff who will be assisting the officers, the state government will also provide a car, Rs 1.2 lakh and other facilities to the Court Commissioner.
A large-scale violence broke out in Panchkula after the Dera chief’s conviction in rape cases, leaving at least 35 people dead, as per the report by PTI. Six others died in incidents of violence in Sirsa. Ram Rahim has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in the rape case.