Thousands of followers, who call themselves ‘premis’ and address dera chief as ‘pitaji’, gathered at the dera’s Naam Charcha Ghar (prayer hall) at village Gahaur of Ludhiana Sunday where members of the political wing addressed them. They were told to “stay united” and “not let outsiders break their unity”.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sentencing HIGHLIGHT: The case dates back to 2002 when the journalist was murdered in Sirsa city in Haryana after he ran a story in his newspaper, 'Poora Sach', about the alleged sexual exploitation of women by the Dera chief.
According to the CBI investigation, Ranjeet Singh, a member of dera’s influential 10-member committee, was shot dead by Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s followers on July 10, 2002 on the orders of the dera chief, who had suspected his role in circulation of the letter.
In Punjab, the Dera supported the Congress in the 2007 Assembly polls. In 2012, however, it chose to remain neutral, and followers were left to decide on their own. In the 2014 Haryana Assembly elections, however, the Dera came out in full support of the BJP.
Major violence had taken place in Panchkula and Sirsa in August 2017 when the Dera chief was convicted in a rape case. Despite the court awarding 20 years imprisonment, Gurmeet Ram Rahim is still heading the Sirsa situated Dera Sacha Sauda.
In the status report, the ED also informed the full bench that the scrutiny of Dera’s financial system was being carried out to ascertain the cases of money laundering and documents submitted by the Dera chairperson Vipasana were being analysed.
Haryana police had earlier announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for information leading to Aditya Insan’s arrest. Aditya and seven others are yet to be arrested for their alleged role in inciting the violence in August last year, that led to death of 41 persons in Panchkula and Sirsa.
The search and sanitisation operations has started inside the Dera Saccha Sauda headquarters at Haryana’s Sirsa on Friday morning. The raids, led by the Punjab and Haryana police, are expected to last over a week. To know more about the story warch out the video.