Dera IT Cell Chief Deletes Crucial Footage, Arrested


Sirsa: The Haryana Police has arrested the head of the IT cell of Dera Sacha Sauda for deleting crucial CCTV footage which could serve as evidence.

Last week, authorities in Haryana conducted searches at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters near Sirsa town in Haryana. Two secret tunnels and an illegal factory to make explosives were unearthed on the premises. Haryana government spokesman Satish Mishra said a case had been registered against the Dera management on this count.

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Other irregularities found in the functioning of a campus hospital included the unauthorised operation of a skin bank, irregularities in the conduct of pregnancy tests and sending of bodies to other hospitals.

The sources said search teams found hundreds of pairs of shoes, designer clothes and colourful caps of the now-jailed Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. A few computers, a luxury sports utility vehicle and currency notes were seized. The search teams also found fancy, modified and vintage cars, used by the disgraced sect chief, inside the premises.

Ram Rahim was convicted by a CBI court in Panchkula town adjoining Chandigarh on August 25 for the rape of two female disciples in 1999.  He was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment and is lodged at the district jail at Sunaria near Rohtak.