Sanitisation of Dera headquarters begins, Paramilitary Forces Deployed

September 08 2017

A curfew has been imposed in areas surrounding the Sirsa headquarters and there will be no relaxation until the search operations continue. "Dera has always followed law. Appeal followers to maintain peace," said Vipassana Insan, Dera Spokesperson on search operations.

The entire sanitisation process will be videographed and overseen by retired District and Sessions Judge, A K S Pawar, who was appointed as court commissioner by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday.

Pawar arrived in Sirsa yesterday and met top officials to take stock of things before the process is undertaken.

The premises of the Dera, whose chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was jailed in rape case, is spread over 800 acres and houses educational institutions, markets, hospital, stadium, recreational areas and houses.

While the sanitisation process will be overseen by the court commissioner, Haryana police personnel, paramilitary forces, duty magistrates, executive magistrates and revenue officials will also be part of the exercise.

As many as 16 'nakas' (check points) have been set up near the Dera. A total of 41 Companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in Sirsa district.

Personnel from the anti-bomb disposal squad and 40 commandos of the 'Special Weapons and Tactics' (SWAT) team and dog squad will also be deployed.

Sanitisation of Dera headquarters begins,