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Hours after reports of the army moving into the Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) headquarter in Haryana's Sirsa hit the news, the army along with the state government clarified that the security forces have only surrounded the sect headquarter and that they have not entered it or plan to enter it anytime soon.
Major General Rajpal Punia told media in Sirsa that the Army has no immediate plan to enter the Dera campus. He said, "There is some confusion that the Army is going inside the Dera campus. At the moment there is no such plan."
He said he would be going to the sect headquarters to talk to the Dera management to vacate the campus.
On evacuation of Dera followers from the headquarters, he said: "We will come back to you."
He added that people in Sirsa have maintained peace so far.
Haryana Chief Secretary D.S. Dhesi told media here that the Army had moved in only to "sanitize" the area in the periphery of the Dera headquarters near Sirsa.
"We have appealed to the Dera followers and management to come out of the complex peacefully. No action has been initiated by the Army so far. The Army has only moved to sanitize the area," Dhesi said.
Paramilitary forces were locked in a clash with Dera supporters near the sect headquarters on Friday which left three people dead and seven others injured.
Earlier in the day, Army and paramilitary forces moved in to get the DSS headquarters, eight km from Sirsa town, vacated, a day after the sect chief was convicted of rape, sparking large-scale violence by his supporters.