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Haryana, Punjab govts start identifying Dera chief's assets, properties

States asked to submit a list by August 29

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

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Officials of district administration searched Naam Charcha Ghar (an Asharm of Dera Sacha Sauda) at Sector 50 in Gurugram on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

Authorities in and have started identifying movable and immovable of the Sirsa-headquartered Dera Sacha Sauda on the directions of the high court, officials said on Sunday.

Revenue officials of the two states have been compiling details of and of the Dera, the quasi-religious sect headed by Singh, convicted of raping his two followers.

have been asked to provide details of accounts of the Dera.

"A list of the Dera's assets, incomes, bank accounts and is being prepared on a war footing," one of the officials connected with the exercise in the twin states of and said.

The and High asked the two states to submit by Tuesday a list of the Dera's and which can be attached "in case it is found that they and their followers are responsible for damaging properties".

After the Dera chief was convicted by a in on August 25, his followers went on a rampage setting fire to vehicles and railway stations, besides damaging public and private properties. Thirty-six people were killed and more than 250 injured in violence in and

The high had refrained the Dera from transferring, selling or leasing out its properties.

The Dera has 'Nam Charcha Ghars' (congregation centres) in many parts of Haryana and Punjab.

While the sect's headquarter is located in in Haryana, its biggest congregation centre in Punjab is at Salabtpura in Bathinda.

The hearing on the quantum of sentence against the 50-year- old self-styled godman, now lodged in Rohtak jail, will be held on Monday.

First Published: Sun, August 27 2017. 17:17 IST