New Delhi, Sep 9: In a damning disclosure the Haryana government said that an illegal explosive factory was found inside the premise of Dera Sacha Sauda. This was discovered during the sanitisation operation which has begun on Friday. The operation is still on and all ears and eyes are hooked to Sirsa to keep a track of the damning disclosures.
Deputy Director of Haryana Public Relations Department Satish Mehra said that the factory has been sealed and explosives and fire crackers were seized.
The search operation of the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters near Haryana's Sirsa town continued on Saturday with hundreds of security personnel and local administration involved in the exercise.
Curfew continues in the area around the sprawling Dera campus.
The search operation to sanitise the sect premises started on Friday with a few computers, a luxury SUV and some currency notes being seized.
According to sources, the search teams had also found hundreds of pairs of shoes, designer clothes and colourful caps of the disgraced sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted on two counts of rape of female disciples in August.
The search operation began amid tight security and curfew in the area on Friday morning. The media was stopped at some distance from the Dera premises.
JCB machines, locksmiths, forensic experts and dog squads were called in to assist in the comprehensive search.
Internet services in Sirsa district were suspended by local authorities on Friday.
The search was being conducted under the supervision of Court Commissioner A.K. Pawar appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Senior district administration and police officers, along with the paramilitary forces and Haryana Police, were involved in the videographed operation around the sprawling 700-acre campus.
News24Bureau with Agencies