Gurmeet Singh's secret tunnel connects to sadhvis' hostel

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On Saturday, two secret tunnels, including one that connected the Dera Sacha Sauda chief's residence with the hostel for female disciples, and an illegal firecracker factory were unearthed.

An ugly fight is all set to break out between the governments of Punjab and Haryana over security given to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh before he was taken into custody on August 25 after being convicted of rape. The officials involved in the search operation have sealed the factory while the forensic experts from IIT Roorkee have begun examining the the evidence.

Meanwhile, efforts continued to trace the Dera chief's adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan, against whom a lookout notice was issued earlier. "The Dera management too has expressed willingness to cooperate with the local administration and police during investigation".

The Dera complex, spread over almost 800 acres, was divided into ten zones for the objective of sanitisation and searches, with each zone under a senior officer.

Intel reports have said that there could be a threat to Honeypreet's life after Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and the Haryana government has been informed about this threat.

As the security forces conducted their search at Dera Sacha Sauda headquarter in Haryana's Sirsa for the third and last day, the raid came to an end with authorities announcing the resumption of mobile and internet services in the area. She had said that prior to her exploitation, she would see some of the girls coming out of the 'gufa' weeping. He said, "We found a window-like path leading from Dera Awas to Sadhvi Niwas".

An unregistered luxury vehicle and some banned currency notes were yesterday seized from the dera of Singh during the sanitisation exercise which also involved forensic examination of his so-called cave where he allegedly used to sexually exploit women. A source said the entire dera premises will be divided into five sectors for the goal of searches, each under control of an SP-rank officer.

"After the notice from the Haryana and Punjab Government, the Dera search operation is about to get over". It houses a stadium, a hospital, educational institutions, luxury resort, bungalows and markets.

The premises, where the sect chief lived, known as the "gufa" (cave), is itself spread over an area of almost 100 acres. 38 people were killed and around 250 injured in the violence. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is the main accused in the murder case of dera member Ranjit Singh.

There was large scale violence following the sect heads conviction which left 41 people dead including 35 in Panchkula and six in Sirsa.