Dera search ops LIVE | Computers, hard disks and plastic currency found; internet suspended in Sirsa | punjab$chandigarh

Security agencies and district authorities began search operations at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters near Haryana’s Sirsa town on Friday morning amid tight security and curfew in the area. The local administration has said no relaxation in curfew will be given during the search operation. The sanitisation drive is being conducted under the supervision of court commissioner AKS Pawar appointed by the Punjab and Haryana high court.

Here are the live updates.

4.30pm: Dera Sacha Sauda chairperson Vipassana Insan appealed all the followers to maintain peace and assist in the search ops.

4pm: I donated money to Dera Sacha Sauda and not to Gurmeet Ram Rahim: Haryana minister Anil Vij tells ANI.

3.20pm: Curfew remains enforced on the road leading to the Dera headquarters. No unauthorised person was being allowed to go inside Dera premises.

As many as 16 ‘nakas’ (checkpoints) have been set up near the dera.

3pm: Hours before authorities started the search operation, the sect’s mouthpiece “Sach Kahoon” had admitted that human remains were buried inside the premises.

2:10 pm: Pharmacy medicines without label, OB van, Lexus car without number found inside the dera, says deputy director Satish Mehra

2:08 pm: Plastic currency recovered by the search team during sanitisation process.

These currency tokens, which are given in exchange of money, were used to purchase commodities inside the Dera.

According to the people, these plastic currencies had been operating inside the Dera for quite a long time.

12:12 am: Mobile internet, SMS services suspended in Sirsa until Sept 10

The Haryana government has suspended mobile internet services (2G, 3G, 4G) GPRS, all SMS services and dongle services in the Sirsa district in view of the “critical situation” to curb the spread of rumours in Sirsa district in view of the ongoing sanitisation drive. The suspension will continue till September 10.

11:36 am: Deputy director Satish Mehra (information) says, “Operation going on peacefully. Some cash recovered. Amount yet to be known.”

11:26 am: “Cash seized.Forensic team has been called from Roorkee,” says deputy director Satish Mehra

11:17 am: Deputy director (information) Satish Mehra says some computers, hard disks seized from the dera. Adds a few rooms have been sealed by the search operation team.

10:38 am: Curfew imposed in vicinity of Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters as search inside the premises continues

10:12 am: JCB machine moving towards Dera headquarters.

A JCB machine moving towards the dera headquarters in Sirsa on September 9.
(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

9:42 am: IGP Hisar Range Amitabh Singh Dhillon reaches Shah Satnam Singh Chowk in Sirsa.

9:25 am: “Situation normal,” says deputy director (information & PR department)

9:14 am:The paramilitary forces and administration reached the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters at around 7.55am on Friday. The team, led by IGP Hisar Range Amitabh Singh Dhillon, includes six IPS officers and 12 DSP and paramilitary jawans.

9:04 am: JCB machines enter Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa.

8:48 am: Dera chairperson Vipassana Insan appeals followers to maintain peace and calm.

8:42 am: All roads leading to the headquarters from Sirsa and nearby places sealed.

8:40 am: The search, which is being videographed, is being conducted under the supervision of court commissioner AKS Pawar appointed by the Punjab and Haryana high court.

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