Luxury car, old notes seized from Dera

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2017 10:18:55


SIRSA (Har),

Sept 8,


A LUXURY car without a registration plate and old currency notes were on Friday seized from the headquarters here of the Sacha Sauda Dera, a sect whose head is in jail after being convicted for rape, an official said. In a mammoth search operation being carried out by security forces and district authorities, some rooms were also sealed and hard disk drives and unlabelled medicines recovered, Haryana’s Information and Public Relations Deputy Director, Satish Mehra, who has been authorised by the administration to speak to the media, said.

The exercise is being conducted amid tight security by police and paramilitary personnel, besides senior officials of various Government departments.“Some rooms have been sealed, computer hard disk drives, unregistered Lexus car, an OB van, Rs 7,000 of demonetised currency, Rs 12,000 cash and some pharma medicines without labels or a brand name are among other items which have been seized,” he said. Mehra said forensic teams had reached Sirsa from Karnal and Sonipat, while forensic experts had also been called in from Roorkee in Uttarakhand.

Reports of plastic “coins” or tokens being found during the operations could not be confirmed. The process, which began around 8 am, is being videographed and monitored by retired District and Sessions Judge A K S Pawar, who was appointed as a Court Commissioner by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday to oversee the exercise. Curfew remains in force on roads leading to the Dera headquarters. The roads are also blocked and no unauthorised person is being allowed to move towards the Dera premises.

The Dera, spread over nearly 800 acres, has been divided into ten zones for the purpose of sanitisation and searches, with each zone under the control of a senior officer. Mobile Internet services have been suspended in Sirsa district till September 10 to curb the spread of rumours in view of the drive, and to prevent the disturbance of public order.

Journalists were stopped at the Shah Satnam Singh Chowk, about 7 km from the headquarters. The chowk, which separates the heart of the city from the Dera, is also under heavy security. Security personnel had also been deployed in strength at other road blockades or ‘nakas’ around the Dera.

A large number of vehicles entered the Dera complex early on Friday morning, carrying policemen, paramilitary personnel and district officials drawn from various Government departments. Among the vehicles were police buses, paramilitary and Quick Reaction Team vehicles and bomb disposal squad and anti-sabotage team vehicles, officials said. Fire tenders and heavy earth moving machines and tractors have also been pressed into service. The help of blacksmiths has been sought for opening locks, the officials said.