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Illegal explosive factory discovered inside Dera headquarters on day 2 of search operation, gets sealed

On Friday, the search teams had discovered plastic cash tokens which were used as a "parallel currency", along with unlabeled Ayurvedic medicines, an OB van and a luxury vehicle estimated to be around Rs 1 crore inside the Dera headquarters in Sirsa.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 9, 2017 3:13 pm
Security forces stand guard at the main entrance to the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters, in Sirsa district of Haryana on Friday (PTI Photo)

The search team comprising of Haryana police officials, paramilitary forces and the army, discovered an illegal explosives factory inside the 700-acre Dera Sacha Sauda complex in Sirsa district on the second day of the operation. Speaking to reporters, Deputy Director of Haryana PR Department, Satish Mehra said the illegal factory was shut down on discovery. “Illegal explosives factory inside Dera Sacha Sauda premises sealed. Explosives and fire crackers were seized,” Mehra said. Later on in the day, Mehra said that a window-like path leading from Dera Awas to Sadhvi Niwas was found inside the complex. “We found a window-like path leading from Dera Awas to Sadhvi Niwas. Team is investigating the same,” he said.

The search operation continued on Saturday amid heavy security stationed at Satnam Chowk and other nearby areas. On Friday, the search teams had discovered plastic cash tokens which were used as a “parallel currency”, along with unlabeled Ayurvedic medicines, an OB van and a luxury vehicle estimated to be around Rs 1 crore inside the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. According to sources, around Rs 12000 in cash, along with computers and hard drives were also confiscated by the police. The teams also found Rs 7000 demonetised currency.

Licensed weapons deposited by followers of Sirsa headquartered of Dera Sacha Sauda at Sadar police station in Sirsa on Monday. (PTI Photo)

The forces also found five boys at a residential colony inside Dera complex during the search operation on the first day. Speaking to reporters, Mehra said two of the boys are minor. “Two of the boys are minor while three are above 18 years. They were found in Upkar Colony of the Dera during the search operation,” he said. “One of these boys had been missing since August 15. They have not complained about anything. For the time being, both minor boys have been handed over to the officials of Women and Child Development Department after medical examination,” another official added. The officials have contacted families of the boys and they are likely to be united with their parents on Saturday.

The search operation is expected to continue for a few days. Meanwhile, curfew has been imposed in nearby areas of the Dera headquarters. Internet services have been shut down in Sirsa till Sunday.

Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison by a CBI court for raping two women last month. In the violence following his conviction, more than 30 people, mostly followers of the Dera chief, were killed in clashes with security forces in Panchkula.

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  1. S
    Shafted mohammed
    Sep 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    Indian ordinance factory had a very slag performance in production and so ram Rahim decided to produce himself as he wants to fight Pakistan all alone and so this arms production and storage was done to protects his Bakst from war with Pakistan which he had shown many times in his films.
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      Sep 9, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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      1. I
        Sep 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm
        This is part of Indian ethos. You can do anything in the name of religion and people don't question you because ours is religious country. Few so called god men for their selfish goal and desire have damaged the image of our great nation and still few of such god men with the support of our leaders are nailing the last nail to the coffin. Added to it we unfortunately become so touchy when it is a matter of religion. We need to be sensitive but without conscious sensitivity we become touchy.
        1. Mahender Goriganti
          Sep 9, 2017 at 1:19 pm
          One will find one in almost in all of Madrassahs mosques but will not check for it until it is too late nor the con journo will find them to report as vigorously as they report about communal and cast reports of fake news.
          1. J
            Sep 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm
            If you found one, you shaould have reported to the police. if you kept quiet, thats also criminal negligence. The truth is you are just hate mongering.... right??
            1. R
              Sep 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm
              Actually dear its your context (Chaddi Brigade) of practice as you people hide ammunition in Temples there are many proofs in Kerala, police had recovered tons of ammunition from Temples which belongs to Chaddis to disturb communal harmony in the state. Your govt at center, police belongs to you military belongs to you then why con't you raid the madarsas. This is how your hate ins utions planting in your minds hatred against other people of the same country to grab power and killing many more in the name of religion. Shame on you.
            2. S
              Sep 9, 2017 at 1:17 pm
              Curious indeed , there was another catche of explosives found in the RSS controlled premises in kerela , couple it with BJP leaders singing praises of the Dera chief . It paints a very ugly picture
              1. V
                Sep 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm
                A terrorist was called messanger of peace by Congree MP and guru of Rahul Gandhi.. Congress leader mourn the death of terrorist like Burhan Wani and Sonia Gabdhi cries for jihadi terrorists killed in Batala house encounter. Rahul Gandhi calls people shouting for destruction of India as great freedom fighters....very scary of those who love the country
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