Dera search operations: 'Gurmeet Ram Rahim's plastic currency' found in markets
The search and sanitisation operations have started inside the Dera Saccha Sauda headquarters
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, sources told Zee Media.
A CBI special court sentenced Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim to 20 years in prison after in 2002 rape cases. The 50-year-old self-styled godman was held guilty of raping two 'sadhvis' or female followers 15 years ago inside the Dera premises.
With the raids expected to reveal shocking secrets, here are the live updates of the search operations inside Sirsa's Dera headquarters:
8 September 2017, 13:21 PM
Mobile internet services have been suspended with immediate effect in Sirsa district to prevent any disturbance of public order and to curb spread of rumours in view of the "sanitisation" exercise being carried out at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters.
Mobile Internet services, including 2G, 3G, 4G, CDMA and GPRS, all SMS services and all dongle services provided on mobile networks, except voice calls, in Sirsa district shall remain suspended till 23:59 hrs of September 10, the order issued by the Haryana government's Home Department said.
8 September 2017, 13:12 PM
In a shocking development, the police search party found "Gurmeet Ram Rahim's plastic currency" in markets near Dera Sacha Sauda's headquarter in Sirsa.
8 September 2017, 11:59 AM
Hard disks, laptops, computers, and cash has been seized from the Dera Headquarter.
Several rooms also have been sealed. "A forensic team has been called from Roorkee," says Deputy Director Satish Mehra.
8 September 2017, 10:36 AM
There are 12 main gates to enter the Dera. The Shah Satnam hospital is one of the gates.
8 September 2017, 10:35 AM
A Hyderabad-based couple has reached Sirsa in search of their son Shadab.
Shadab has been missing since 2009.
The old couple claims that they saw their son on television, participating in the deadly Panchkula riots on August 28.
8 September 2017, 10:18 AM
The search operation has reached Shah Satnam hospital gate.
8 September 2017, 10:10 AM
Search operations begin inside the popular Kashish restaurant.
8 September 2017, 10:07 AM
Here's how the search operation are proceeding inside the Dera:
1. First, the canine squad entered the premises.
2. The sniper dogs gave a green light, following which the bomb squad entered.
3. Once the bomb squad gives a No Objection Certificate (NOC), the National Security Guard team will enter.
8 September 2017, 09:58 AM
The Dera headquarters has been divided into several zones and sectors for the search operations.
A magistrate is overseeing the raids in each sector.
8 September 2017, 09:21 AM
Bomb squads and sniper dogs enter the headquarters.
8 September 2017, 09:15 AM
A former Haryana-based journalist has claimed that human skeletons likely to be found if excavation inside the Dera campus is carried out.
8 September 2017, 09:13 AM
The special investigation team (SIT) on Thursday revealed that Dera Sacha Sauda had pumped in at least Rs 5 crore to fuel violence in Panchkula.
Panchkula Dera branch head Chamkaur Singh, who's been missing since August 28, was the main person in procuring and spending the money which he had received from the Dera management.
8 September 2017, 09:11 AM
"Dera has always followed law. Appeal followers to maintain peace," said Dera Spokesperson Vipassana Insan as search operation continues inside Dera's Sirsa headquarters.
8 September 2017, 09:11 AM
About 100 bank officials have also been roped in to conduct a thorough financial check inside the premises.
8 September 2017, 09:09 AM
The search and sanitisation operation on the massive 700-acre campus will be carried out with the aid of a satellite map.
8 September 2017, 09:06 AM
Around 22 blacksmiths have been hired to break the numerous locks inside the Dera headquarters.
8 September 2017, 09:04 AM
At least three JCB excavators and few tractors have entered the premises.
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8 September 2017, 09:03 AM
While looking for Dera's chief cave, Zee News found luxurious castles, seven-star resorts, mini models of Paris' Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal and Disneyland and incomplete construction of an underwater villa and film city.
8 September 2017, 08:58 AM
Zee News Media on Wednesday entered the sprawling 700-acre Dera campus to locate the cave (gufa) where Singh allegedly conducted his 'misdeeds' and 'sexually' exploited women.
8 September 2017, 08:56 AM
A K Pawar reaches Dera headquarters. Search operations formally commence