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Dera Sacha Sauda followers buried ashes of kin inside sect headquarters, functionary tells SIT

Chandigarh: Around 300-400 followers of Dera Sacha Sauda had over the years scattered ashes of their relatives after their cremation inside the sect headquarter as part of "rituals", a senior Dera functionary has told Special Investigation Team of Haryana Police.

On media reports suggesting skeletons used to be buried in Dera premises, the Sirsa SIT headed by Dabwali DSP Kuldeep Singh Beniwal said, "No such fact has come to our notice".

 Dera Sacha Sauda followers buried ashes of kin inside sect headquarters, functionary tells SIT

File image of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's followers leaving the Dera and going back to their homes, on Sunday. PTI

A Special Investigation Team of Haryana Police on Tuesday evening questioned Dera Sacha Sauda management committee senior vice-president PR Nain for two-and-a-half hours in Sirsa.

"Being a senior functionary, Nain was quizzed abou various issues relating to the Dera. He was also asked abou people who had gathered in Panchkula and Sirsa (ahead of Der chief's conviction).

"Nain was also in-charge of the agriculture wing of the Dera. He placed facts on record stating that some follower used to bring human ashes and scatter these in Dera premise as part of rituals," the DSP told PTI over phone.

"He placed on record that 300-400 followers had put ashes of their kin in the premises over past many years. The Dera maintained addresses and other contact details of such people which Nain showed us," he said.

He said Nain had been quizzed at length and if the need is felt, he will again be called for questioning.

The SIT had earlier this week questioned Dera chairperson Vipassana Insan in connection with several issues includin whereabouts of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim's adopted daughter Honeypreet, violence that had broken out in Panchkula an Sirsa following the sect head's rape conviction.

"If the need is felt, we will again call her fo questioning," Beniwal said.

Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been sentenced t 20 years imprisonment for raping two disciples. He is lodge in Sunaria jail in Rohtak.

Violence erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana o 25 August following the conviction of Ram Rahim. The mayhem left 35 dead in Panchkula and six in Sirsa.

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Updated Date: Sep 20, 2017 17:25:10 IST