Haryana Police said on Saturday that four rifles, including an AK 47, pistols and petrol bombs were among weapons seized from the supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted in a rape case.
Lathis (wooden staffs), rods, axes etc were also recovered from several Dera centres spread across Haryana and Punjab.
“We have recovered one AK 47 rifle and one Mauser (rifle) from the vehicle of a Dera follower and two rifles and five pistols from another vehicle during the operations,” Haryana DGP B S Sandhu said.
He was addressing a joint press conference along with Haryana Chief Secretary D S Dhesi and Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas.
Violence had broken out in Haryana and Punjab yesterday, in which over 30 persons lost their lives, following a special CBI court in Panchkula pronouncing Dera Sacha Sauda chief guilty in a rape case.
“We are conducting searches in all the Dera centres in the state where we suspect weapons could have been hidden,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Niwas said.
We have even recovered lathis from places in Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar, he said.
The Kurukshetra Police said that it had sealed nine congregation centres of Dera Sacha Sauda in the district, evicting the followers, and had seized over 2,500 lathis and sharp-edged weapons.
All nine Naam Charcha Ghars (congregation centres) in the district have been sealed, Kurukshetra SP Abhishek Garg told PTI.
“We have recovered 2,500 lathis, some sharp-edged weapons and 2.5 litre kerosene during the search operation. We have evicted all the followers and locked all the nine Naam Charcha Ghars,” Garg said.
At the press conference here, Niwas was asked if searches were also being carried out at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa to which he replied in the negative.
“Security personnel are patrolling the outer area of the sect headquarters and keeping a close vigil,” he said.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said the state police had visited 98 Dera centres in the state.
“We found lathis, rods, pipes, axes and petrol bombs,” he said.
Elsewhere, two licensed pistols were recovered here from the relatives of two Punjab Police personnel, who were deployed as security guards to self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim, police said today.
“We are questioning 3-4 relatives of the two guards for carrying weapons despite imposition of section 144 (of CrPC) here,” a senior police official, who did not wish to be identified, said.
The officer said police also questioned the two Punjab Police personnel who were wearing civilian uniform and carrying licenced AK-47 each.
The security personnel were on their way back to Punjab to resume their duty.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the Dera Sacha saida chief was yesterday convicted in a rape case.