Investigators digging into the murky world of flamboyant guru Ram Rahim Singh have uncovered two secret tunnels, including one that connected the Dera Sacha Sauda chief's residence with a hostel for female disciples.
The Haryana Police is investigating claims that top Dera Sacha Sauda functionaries paid a "supari" (contract) of ₹5 crore to criminal elements to instigate violence in Panchkula and other places after sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's conviction for rape.
The illegal fire cracker factory has been sealed and a case under the Explosives Act had been registered against the factory owner, Mehra said.
Police sources said that interrogation of some of the arrested Dera activists had revealed a plot in which ₹5 crore was paid as "supari" to criminal elements to instigate violence.
"The forensic experts were coordinating with other teams which were already inside taking part in the sanitisation and search operation", Mehra said.
This is also where he allegedly sexually exploited women.
The 50-year-old dera chief was jailed for 20 years in two rape cases by a court last month.
Dera Sacha Sauda headquarter is spread over 800 acres and houses educational institutions, markets, hospital and stadium.
Yesterday, during the sanitization exercise, an unregistered luxury vehicle and some banned currency notes were seized from the Dera of Singh. She had said that prior to her exploitation, she would see some of the girls coming out of the 'gufa' weeping.
The sanitisation process, which was initiated on the orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court concluded at 6:30 pm.
"A fibre tunnel too has been located during the search of the dera", he said.
Haryana government's Home Department has issued an order saying that till 23:59 hrs of September 10, only Voice calls will be active on the mobiles rest all the services including Mobile Internet services, including 2G, 3G, 4G, CDMA and GPRS, all SMS services and all dongle services provided on mobile networks will be suspended in Sirsa district. The Gufa itself is spread over in an area of almost 100 acres. The violence unleashed by the rapist godman's followers had led to the death of over 35 people - all reported from Panchkula and Sirsa while damage to property worth crores of rupees was reported from neighbouring states of Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan. Hundreds of people and sect followers permanently live and work in the mini-township.
On a controversy surrounding government grants being given to the Dera, the minister said he had gone to attend a sporting event organised by the Dera a year ago and had announced a grant for the promotion of sports.
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