Violence had broken out in Panchkula after the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in rape case by Special CBI Court on August 25.
During the second day of search operation at Dera Sacha Sauda's Sirsa headquarters, not only a huge cache of explosives in an illegal cracker factory was recovered but a secret tunnel connecting Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim's "gufa" to the sadhvis' hostel was unearthed.
Deputy Director of Haryana PR Department Satish Mehra seized the explosives and firecrackers which were found inside Ram Rahim's Dera den. He said that a team from the forensic department was also called for the investigation of few sealed rooms.
While the Haryana Police issued a lookout notice for Honeypreet Singh, the adopted daughter of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, on September 1, there is still no clue of her whereabouts.
The search operation began after a court last month found the self-styled godman guilty of raping two of his followers in a case that dates back to 1999.
As per Rao, the Dera chief had Z-plus security from quite a long time and a team of 650 commandos of Haryana police escorted him on his way to the court.
"A fibre tunnel too has been located during the search of the dera", he said adding that the fibre tunnel is filled with mud. On the instructions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday the search of Dera campus was started.
Internet services in Sirsa district were suspended by local authorities on Friday. He was later sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment and is lodged in the District Jail at Sunaria near Rohtak.
They also reportedly recovered over 80 cartons of explosives from the Dera. Now serving 20-year jail sentence in the 2002 rape case, Singh lived like a king on the sprawling 700-acre campus. It houses a stadium, a hospital, educational institutions, luxury resort, bungalows and markets.
A curfew has been imposed in areas surrounding the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. The violence unleashed by the rapist godman's followers had led to the death of over 35 people - all reported from Panchkula and Sirsa while damage to property worth crores of rupees was reported from neighbouring states of Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan.