The Haryana Police is investigating claims that top Dera Sacha Sauda functionaries paid a "supari" (contract) of ₹5 crore to criminal elements to instigate violence in Panchkula and other places after sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's conviction for rape.
He also said that during search our health department team searched hospital running inside Dera Sacha Sauda and sealed the skin bank which was running without licence.
The conviction had sparked massive protests by Dera followers in and around Panchkula.
Senior officers told TOI that they have recovered one bulletproof SUV from the dera's headquarters which belongs to the intelligence wing of Punjab police.
The Dera complex, spread over almost 800 acres, was divided into ten zones for the goal of sanitisation and searches, with each zone under a senior officer.
The woman, who had dared to complain against Ram Rahim, had alleged that she had been sexually exploited by the Dera chief after being called there.
Gurmeet has been convicted of raping at least two of his women followers in 2002 and sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Curfew remain imposed through the day as security forces searched the Dera headquarters.
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Sirsa: Vehicles of the search team move towards Dera Sacha Sauda on the second day of the search operations inside the Dera headquarters in Sirsa on Saturday.
"A fibre tunnel too has been located during the search of the dera", he said adding that the fibre tunnel is filled with mud.
During the sanitisation operation inside the Dera, the authorities also found five boys, two of them minor, from Upkar Colony, where some Dera followers permanently reside, he said.
The search operation to sanitise the sect premises started on Friday amid tight security with a few computers, a luxury SUV and currency notes being seized.
The search had been ordered by the Punjab and Haryana high court and was led by a retired judge.
"The Dera premises is a very huge area and it will take time to complete the entire process", Haryana police chief BS Sandhu said. The arson and violence left 35 people dead and scores of people injured in Panchkula. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is the main accused in the murder case of dera member Ranjit Singh.