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Over 30 congregation centres of Dera sealed

Chandigarh: More than thirty congregation centres of Dera Sacha Sauda across Haryana were sealed on Saturday, a day after its followers indulged in massive violence in Panchkula and other areas of the state. "Over thirty 'Naam Charcha Ghars' (congregation centres) in various districts have been sealed," Haryana's Additional Director General of Police, R C Mishra said in the evening. Among the centres that have been locked were 13 in Ambala, 10 in Kurukshetra and eight in Yamunanagar district, he said.

Over 3,000 'lathis' (wooden staffs), diesel and petrol were recovered from Kurukshetra alone, he said The crackdown was launched both by Haryana and Punjab on the Dera centres, a day after violence in Panchkula and Sirsa districts claimed 36 lives and left scores injured.
Hundreds of Dera supporters had become violent following the conviction of sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by a Panchkula special CBI court in a rape case. Punjab police also said that 'lathis', rods, axes etc were also recovered from 98 Dera centres spread across the state. In Haryana, arms and ammunition were recovered allegedly from Dera followers.

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