Dera crackdown: Over 5000 police personnel, bomb squads and SWAT teams will also enter the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh led Dera premises in Sirsa on Wednesday, reportedly at 5 PM.
It is yet another big shocker for Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail for rape of 2 sadhvis. A day after the Punjab and Haryana High Court appointed a retired sessions judge as the Court Commissioner to oversee the sanitisation process of Dera Sacha Sauda premises at Sirsa, forces are all set to enter the premises of the controversial sect at 5 PM on Wednesday. According to India Today, over 5000 police personnel, bomb squads and SWAT teams will also enter the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh led Dera premises in Sirsa on Wednesday.
The sanitisation order came after Haryana government filed a plea on Friday seeking permission to hold sanitisation process of the Dera headquarter at Sirsa under judicial supervision, following the incarceration of the sect chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, for raping two disciples. On Monday, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had said that some objectionable items were found during the sanitisation of ‘Namcharcha Ghars’ (congregation centres of Dera Sacha Sauda) in the state.
“The high court bench appointed retired sessions judge AKS Pawar as Court Commissioner for the sanitisation of the Dera headquarters at Sirsa,” Haryana’s Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan said after the hearing in the matter. He said the process will be taken up immediately and will be videographed. The state had sought the sanitisation of the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters under judicial supervision, Mahajan said.
When asked how soon the process would start, Mahajan had said on Tuesday that the state will request the Court Commissioner to take it up immediately. He said the government will provide adequate security to ensure that the sanitisation process is carried out smoothly. Mahajan said a report of the whole process will be submitted to the high court by the commissioner, with a copy to be given to the state government. “In the sanitisation process, officials of revenue and taxation department would participate, besides police and other security forces,” Mahajan said. The operations will be videographed, Mahajan added.
The Dera headquarters at Sirsa is spread over nearly 800 acres with many residential, institutional and commercial buildings.
Large-scale violence broke out in Panchkula after the Dera chief’s conviction in rape cases, leaving at least 35 people dead. Six others died in incidents of violence in Sirsa. Ram Rahim was later sentenced to 20 years in prison in the rape case.