A week after “godman” Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty by a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Panchkula, Haryana, of raping two “sadhvis” (female followers) 14 years ago, the police on Monday seized 33 licensed weapons from the controversial sect’s headquarters in Sirsa, according to media reports.
Police officials said they confiscated 9-mm pistols, several single- and double-barrel rifles and a modified carbine. Dinesh Kumar, Sirsa Sadar station house officer, told ANI, “All followers inside the Dera possess such weapons. There are almost 67 weapons with the people living in Dera, out of which, the police have recovered 33. The police have given strict orders that an action would be taken against those found possessing such weapons.”
Thirty-eight people were killed and around 250 injured in clashes that erupted in Panchkula on August 25, after the Dera Sacha Sauda chief was found guilty.