Ram Rahim: A year after violence, dera tries hard to maintain power Gurgaon News

SIRSA: With the head of the Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS), Gurmeet Singh, who in the last year after his conviction was in two cases of rape behind the bars, the Sirsa-based headquarters of the Dera struggle hard to regain his strength and the & # 39; charisma & # 39; to preserve the imprisoned godman.

TOI visited Dera's headquarters and discovered that the management is doing its best to breathe new life into the influence of Gurmeet. The road leading to Shah Satnam Pura, the village where the headquarters of Dera is located, is dotted with life-size advertising boards from the Dera chef, and wishes him on his 51st "incarnation day (birthday)" which falls on 15 August. These illegal billboards were apparently placed in the name of his followers from Himachal, Punjab, Chandigarh, Canada and other parts of the world. A large billboard was apparently placed for military veterans.


Dera's management claimed that about 80 lakh followers were present at the headquarters on August 15, but sources in intelligence services said there were less than 1 lakh visitors that day.

The sources confirmed that the number of visitors in the Dera headquarters decreased over the past year to less than 10% of the previous figures.

The railway authorities of Sirsa have been confronted with a turnover loss of around Rs 60,000 per day since the last year. The local train station receives Rs 3 lakh revenue from the entire district every day, but Rs 60,000 came from the Dera visitors. Even hundreds of auto rickshaws who used to send Dera followers on the 10 km stretch from Sirsa to the Shah Satnam Pura HQ have also become unemployed and have shifted their base to other areas. Even a special train ticket counter, opened at the Dera headquarters, is closed.


TOI went to the main office of Dera from the main access point, Gate No. 5, and found no change in the security arrangements. No one was allowed to enter the Dera with a mobile phone or electronic gadget, including chargers, remote-oriented car keys, headphones, dongles and pen drives. These electronic items must be deposited in the safes outside the gate. Even afterwards, every visitor is thoroughly checked with the handheld metal detectors by specially trained security personnel from the Dera before they gain access.

After a meal in the "Shahi" canteen of the Dera, TOI took a tour of the whole building. Except for employees and employees, the presence of followers was negligible. The "Satsang Pandal (place of trading)" was almost empty, except for some older elderly women.

"A large number of workers had left the Dera after the Dera chief was imprisoned for not receiving payment for the work, and even I had come to live with my family here because we had decent wages, and now management says you can work, but there is no money to pay, how long can anyone work here, just for langar, "says a 31-year-old follower from the village of Khanak in Bhiwani. He confirmed that many as he had moved their families from the Dera to their birthplaces.


Another follower, belonging to the village of Dablan in the Hisar district, said that only a few followers from the neighboring villages and towns attended the satsang held daily between 4 pm and 5 pm in the new Dera and from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm in the old Dera. A large community is organized every Sunday for the weekly satsang. The recorded readings of the captured godman are shown on a large screen during these daily and weekly satsangs.

"Now not even a tenth of the followers who visited the Dera a year ago, for satsang.The company of all stores inside and outside the Dera is losing, initially they stayed closed for about three months after the violence, but then they did not come profit more against ", said a follower from the nearby Sirwali district in Sirsa.

TOI also saw security at several levels around a number of buildings within the Dera that are still outside the boundaries of the visitors.

Sirsa resident, Anshul Chattarpati whose father and local journalist Ram Chander Chhatarpati reportedly was killed in the instructions of the Dera chief, said that the Dera chief had always used his followers as shields and pressured the judiciary and the administration. "Again, they have begun to approach the followers in villages, so that lost glory can be regained," Anshul added.

Dera management focused on villages

Sources that have been confirmed by TOI that Dera's management makes every effort to re-group and bring back the followers who had maintained a distance after August 25, 2017. The sources in the intelligence services confirmed that the local Dera leaders visit villages and urge people to visit "satsang (religious discourse)" organized every Sunday. By urging the followers to return to the Dera, they claim that the Dera chief had been back on his feet, but would soon be back in the Dera.

& # 39; Strength & # 39; virtual display

On its website, Dera's management claimed a massive turnout of 80 lakh followers on the birthday of the captured godman. Mother Nasib Kaur and son Jasmeet Singh, along with other family members, also visited the Dera that day. The family lives in Rajasthan & # 39; s Gurusar Modia, the birthplace of the Dera chef. The Dera website also claimed that on that day 30 lakh trees were planted by volunteers. However, intelligence services have reduced the number of visitors to Dera headquarters to less than 1 lakh on 15 August.

Last film & # 39; Jatu Engineer & # 39;

Mahi cinema in the Dera building has been closed since the arrest of Gurmeet. It still shows the posters of Dera editor-in-chief "Jatu Engineer" who was screened for his conviction. A woman who was in the cinema confirmed that the theater was closed last year. However, people living in the neighboring villages still live in the hospital that is run by the Dera.

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