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Heavy security outside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa as search operation begins

Massive police presence outside Dera headquarters ahead of the search operation. Photograph: (ANI)

New Delhi, Delhi, India
Sep 8, 2017, 02.22 PM (IST)

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The search was ordered by the Punjab and Haryana High Court

Security outside the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa has been beefed up as the search operation inside the sprawling premises is underway.

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Around 41 paramilitary companies, four Army columns, police from four districts, one SWAT team & one dog squad have been deployed for the search operation at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa.

Authorities have imposed a curfew in the area surrounding the Dera headquarters.

The search was ordered by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had rapped the Haryana government for the violence that took place after Ram Rahim Singh was convicted by a special CBI court which claimed 36 lives.

The Haryana government, in a major crackdown on the Dera, had sealed its 30 congregation centres across the state last month.