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Over 3,000 Followers Vacate Dera Sacha Sauda Headquarters at Sirsa Ahead of Ram Rahim Singh’s Sentencing

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A heavy blanket of security forces have been put in place around the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters at Sirsa as followers vacate the premises. (representative image) Wikimedia
  • Efforts continue to vacate Dera Sacha Sauda followers from the sect’s headquarters at Sirsa
  • Security arrangements tightened at Sirsa ahead of the rape-case verdict against Dera chief.
  • Special CBI court to announce quantum of sentence against Ram Rahim Singh today

Sirsa, Haryana, August 28, 2017 : For the states that witnessed transport and property getting burnt as the mob turned violent and attacked security forces and media persons alike, an uneasy calm prevails in parts of Haryana and Punjab, and especially Sirsa. With the district administration providing buses for safe transportation, the exodus of the Dera Sacha Sauda followers from the sect’s headquarters at Sirsa, which began on Saturday (Aug 26), continues even after two days.

Haryana roadways deployed over 50 buses on Sunday for transporting the followers a day before the verdict in the rape case against the Dera chief Ram Rahim Singh was to be announced.

According to a report by The Tribune, as many as 3,000 followers have already left the Dera in the provided buses which included women and children in large numbers. Several others are also believed to have left in their private vehicles.

The Dera Sacha Saudha headquarters at Sira, Haryana comprise a township on its own. Spread over 1,000 acres, the campus has schools, sports village, cinema hall and hospital inside it.

The process of the sanitization of the Dera headquarters has continued for over two days now, as the Army and the paramilitary forces have appealed to the followers to vacate the premises. However, according to the authorities, over 5,000 followers are still believed to be inside the Sirsa headquarters, as per a report by PTI.

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The deployed police forces and the Dera administration have been making regular announcements requesting the followers of the convicted religious-guru to vacate the premises.

The authorities also attempted to vacate the Shah Satnam Schools that are situated on campus. According to a report by PTI, over 100 students have been taken off the premises by their parents following government orders.

Additionally, the authorities also attempted to vacate the two shelters currently operational at the Dera Sacha Saudha campus called Shahi Betiya Basera and Shahi Asra Basera. However, as per reports, the children refused to leave the Dera and rebuked the forces’ requests.

To avoid any discrepancy, the police are maintaining detailed records of the names, phone numbers and addresses of the followers who are cooperating and vacating the premises, or are willing to leave.

Sirsa Under Vigilance Ahead of the Case Verdict

Haryana DGP B S Sandhu at a press conference on Sunday asserted that peace in now prevailing in Haryana and efforts are underway to keep all possible security arrangements in place.

“As many as 552 persons have been arrested and further investigation is underway” he said on Sunday, adding that action will be taken against every body found guilty.

It was also revealed that out of the 36 people killed during the violence, as many as 6 out of them were killed in Sirsa alone, with the tally of people injured in Sirsa reaching up to 60. The officer further revealed that 19 people have been identified by the police that include seven from Punjab. Additionally, they have also detained over a dozen Dera followers associated with the violence following the conviction of the Dera chief on Friday.

While there haven’t been reports of any fresh violence in Haryana since yesterday, district authorities are hopeful that no inconvenient action should take place after the pronouncement of the quantum of punishment in the rape case against the Dera chief Ram Rahim Singh.

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However, security arrangements have been beefed up to curb any possible outbreak. Authorities have established a barricade covering 6 kms between the Dera and the town, and no person is allowed to move beyond that point.

Previously on Sunday, the district administration had relaxed the curfew in and around the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, allowing people to move around for shopping and other necessary chores. However, it was asserted that no such relaxation would be given till Tuesday morning.

The special CBI court is to pronounce the quantum of the sentence today in the rape case against Dera Sacha Saudha chief Ram Rahim Singh. For the same, strict security arrangements have been put in place in and around Sunaria jail in Rohtak.


 

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Haryana Police Summons 45 Dera Sacha Sauda Committee Members Accused of Plotting Violence Following Conviction of Dera Chief

Dera Sacha Sauda followers had indulged in large-scale violence in Panchkula and Sirsa after the CBI court on August 25 convicted the sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of rape

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Dera Sacha Sauda followers had indulged in large-scale violence in Panchkula and Sirsa after the CBI court on August 25 convicted the sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of rape. IANS

Chandigarh, October 6, 2017 : Haryana police have issued summons to 45 members of a committee of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect to appear before it regarding the violence that erupted following the rape conviction of the Dera chief on August 25, police sources said on Friday.

Police sources said a hard disk, which reportedly contains details of transactions worth Rs 700 crore, including property and hawala deals, of the Dera has been recovered and sent for detailed examination.

The 45-member committee, which included the Dera’s headquarters campus (near Sirsa) chairman Vipassana and vice chairman P.R. Nain, is being accused of planning the violence in Panchkula and other places that left at least 38 people dead and 264 injured.

Dera Sacha Sauda followers had indulged in large-scale violence in Panchkula and Sirsa after the CBI court on August 25 convicted the sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of rape.

The Haryana Police had last month issued a list of 43 ‘Most Wanted’ people of the sect, including top functionaries Honeypreet Insan and Aditya Insan, who are the closest aides of Ram Rahim, for their role in the violence.

Honeypreet was arrested from neighbouring Punjab on Tuesday after being fugitive for 38 days. She was booked for sedition and inciting violence.

The disgraced sect chief, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, is now lodged in the District Jail in Sunaria near Rohtak. (IANS)

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‘Ab Hoga Insaaf’ The Upcoming Biopic On Gurmeet Ram Rahim

Ab Hoga Insaaf’ (It is time for Justice) the film is based self-indulgent lifestyle of the charlatan Ram Rahim

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Bollywood actor Raza Murad and Rakhi Sawant Source:

New Delhi, September 22, 2017: A few weeks after the sentence of self-styled Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the Godman and a spiritual leader is ready to become a media sensation again through his upcoming biopic.

Titled, ‘Ab Hoga Insaaf’ (It is time for Justice) the film is based on the self-indulgent lifestyle of the charlatan. The film will reflect the real-life relationship of Rahim and his adopted daughter Honeypreet Insaan, who has worked in all the films under the franchise of Ram Rahim.

Bollywood actor Raza Murad will enact the role of Godman, whereas item girl Rakhi Sawant will play the role of Honeypreet. Ajaz Khan will be an investigation officer in the film. Sawant and her brother Rakesh Sawant are directing the film.

The release of the film is yet to be announced.

On 28th August, Indian court sentenced Singh with 20 years of imprisonment in a rape case that dates back to 2002. The women, who were also the follower of Singh, accused him of raping them in the headquarter of his organization ‘Dera Sacha Sauda’ in Sirsa.

Singh’s verdict followed lockdown in various parts of Haryana and Punjab, killing around two dozens of people and injuring more than 200.

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The situation was so intense that police issued orders to shoot the violent protesters at sight.

Singh in 2015 started his franchise that portrayed him as “Messenger of God.” The Godman through his singing and dancing preached thousands of people and his sensation continuous with the upcoming release.

– Prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram Twitter: @Writing_Desire

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Gurmeet Ram Rahim to grow vegetables in jail, will be paid Rs 20 daily for pruning trees

"He is living in jail like any other ordinary inmate and he is living like a disciplined inmate"

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Indian spiritual leader turned actor Gurmeet Ram Rahim, gestures during the premiere of movie ‘Jattu Engineer’ in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. A ‘Cow Milk Party’ to appeal against cow slaughter was organized during the premiere. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal). VOA
  • Gurmeet Ram Rahim will be growing vegetables in jail from next week
  • He will be paid Rs 20 for pruning trees eight hours a day
  • Ram Rahim has been preparing the plot, to start sowing the vegetables next week

Chandigarh, September 19, 2017: The self-proclaimed godman and the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda sect who built an empire worth crores, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will now be growing vegetables in jail. He will be paid Rs 20 for pruning trees eight hours a day.

There lies a small plot of vacant land, outside his Barrack, that measures about 900 sq yards. “He has been tasked to grow vegetables in this land,” said KP Singh, director general of Haryana prisons department, mentions the IANS report.

The convicts are assigned some or the other work depending on their skills, the officials mentioned.

Mr Singh also stated, that Ram Rahim for now has been preparing the plot in order to start sowing the vegetables next week.

“He has already taken up his work,” he added.

None of the skills that he used to build a whooping 800-acre campus were of any use to the jail. Whatever he produces now, however, will be used in the jail mess.

Dismissing all the reports mentioning Ram Rahim receives any special treatment, “It is (a) baseless and imaginary (report). No prisoner in jail is given any special treatment and that includes Ram Rahim,” Mr. Singh said,

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“He is living in jail like any other ordinary inmate and he is living like a disciplined inmate. He is being provided the same food given to other prisoners.”

He even called the media reports about the 50 year old’s health baseless, “They just conducted a mock drill, but a section of media associated that to his health. He (Gurmeet) is healthy and doing fine,” he said.

The state’s top jail official denied the reports stating that Ram Rahim had asked to speak to Honeypreet Insaan, his adopted daughter.

Inmates are supposed to give a maximum of two phone numbers they can call. These phone numbers are first verified by the police and calls can be made only after the completion of the process.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in jail on August 28, for raping his two disciples. The 50 year old is lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail and is now known as prisoner number 1997.

-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha