Dera Sacha Sauda: Rs 5 crore spent on ‘instigated’ Panchkula violence

Chandigarh, September 8: The controversial Dera Sacha Sauda has kicked off another controversy. Police sources say Dera had allegedly paid Rs 5 crore to hire the criminal elements to instigate violence in Panchkula on August 25 when Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted.

The revelations were made by some Dera followers arrested on August 25 when they were interrogated by the Haryana Police.

Panchkula violence

Haryana Police chief BS Sandhu has confirmed that the police were investigating the allegations made against Dera Sacha Sauda. Two top Dera functionaries, Chamkaur Singh, in-charge of Panchkula Dera (Nam Charcha Ghar) and Dr PR Nain, a former Dera Manager, were wanted in the alleged “supari” case.

“We are investigating this. We are trying to nab two Dera functionaries, Chamkaur Singh and Nain, who are said to be involved in this. More details will emerge after we will arrest Chamkaur Singh and others,” the DGP said.

Police have sent teams to arrest Dr PR Nain, a retired chief medical officer who handles Dera’s financial matters and is also a former Dera manager besides Chamkaur Singh. The probe has revealed that Chamkaur had gone to Sirsa to bring the cash which was given to him by Nain. Dera sources said the money was provided to manage the crowd, their food and transportation. Some followers were also allegedly hired on daily basis to exert a pressure on the administration.

“We are investigating the money trail. Investigations revealed that the money was spent to manage the crowd of followers in a professional and a planned manner. The motive was to maintain the presence of supporters in Panchkula. Money was also sent to other parts of Haryana besides Punjab to pull crowds,” a senior officer said.

Police were also trying to find out how the Dera followers managed to bring the currency at a time when demonetisation was in force and carrying cash beyond permitted limits was made possible.

Sandhu said many Dera supporters who provided logistic support to the antisocial elements were also on a police radar. Besides the Dera headquarters, one prominent horticulture firm had also allegedly provided monetary support to the Dera goons who torched media and other vehicles besides damaging the public properties during the violence.

Last week Ambala police had also recovered Rs 38 lakh from a Dera follower who was member of Qurbani Dal. Probes have revealed that Dera on the directions of its jailed chief had created a sacrifice wing called as the Qurbani Dal.

Sourced from India Today