Dera HQ Search Day 2
Illegal explosives factory found inside Dera premises
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Illegal explosives factory found inside Dera premises



An illegal explosives factory has been found inside the headquarter of the Dera Sacha Sauda premises in Sirsa, after forces continued search operation for the second day on Saturday. The factory has already been sealed.
 
Haryana’s Information and Public Relations Deputy Director, Satish Mehra said that fire crackers and explosives were also seized. "Explosives and fire crackers have also been seized,” said Mehra.
 
Over 80 cartons of explosives were recovered from the premises, which the officials of Dera Sacha Sauda, the sect headed by Ram Rahim, say were used to make crackers. The factory has been sealed and a forensic team is examining the nature of the explosives.
 
The search operation began amid tight security and curfew in the area on Friday morning. In the first two hours of search, a large amount of cash including plastic money, banned currency, hard discs and computers were seized. Five people including two minors were also rescued from the Dera campus.  
 
The entire sanitisation process is being videographed and 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. 

Curfew remains in force on the road leading inside the dera headquarters. No unauthorised person was being allowed to go inside the dera premises. However, life remained normal in Sirsa city. 

A large number of vehicles including police buses and paramilitary vehicles including police buses and paramilitary vehicles, Quick Reaction Team vehicles, bomb disposal squad and anti-sabotage team vehicles, carrying cops and paramilitary personnel made their way inside the dera premises this morning, officials said. 
 
Hordes of police, paramilitary and civil administration personnel were involved in the mammoth search operation, which started yesterday on the direction of Punjab and Haryana High Court.
 
Earlier, the Haryana Police had arrested at least three Dera Sacha Sauda followers for hatching conspiracy of trying to help Gurmeet Ram Rahim escape from Panchkula during agitation. Singh is in jail after being convicted for rape.
 
Ram Rahim, the flamboyant "Guru of Bling" known for his outrageous costumes and "rockstar" lifestyle, was jailed for 20 years last week after he was convicted of raping two followers inside the Dera base.

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