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Explosives And Plastic Notes Recovered On Second Day Of Dera Headquarter Search

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| September 9 , 2017 , 11:49 IST

As the search operation on Dera Sacha Sauda continues for the second day, after the imprisonment of rape convict sect leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the search team has found an illegal explosive factory inside the premises.

While the factory has been sealed, the search team recovered over 80 cartons of explosives were recovered which is being examined to determine its nature by the forensic team. However, Dera officials have claimed it was used to make crackers.

The search operation began on Friday morning with tight security as police imposed a curfew in the area.

In the first few hours, five people including two minors were rescued from the sect headquarter in Sirsa while the search team also seized a large amount of cash including banned currency, plastic money, computers and hard discs.

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The search team included policemen and paramilitary forces who raided the premises along with 50 videographers, forensic experts, dog squads and over a dozen locksmiths. The team also took digging machines inside the campus to look for hidden tunnels.

The local authorities had suspended the internet services in the area on Friday before the raid. The search was conducted under the supervision of Court Commissioner A.K. Pawar appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The Dera is spread over two campuses, 600 acres and over 100 acres respectively, about eight km from Sirsa and 260 km from Chandigarh.  It houses a stadium, a hospital, educational institutions, luxury resort, bungalows and markets. Hundreds of people and sect followers permanently live and work in the mini-township.

Earlier, Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted and sentenced to a 20-year imprisonment by a CBI court in a 15-year-old case holding him guilty of raping two of his women followers in his sect headquarter in Haryana's Sirsa.