The Dera Sacha Sauda sect's mouthpiece " Sach Kahoon" admitted that human remains were buried inside the premises. The search of skeletons to be supervised by a court commissioner is likely to begin today.
The statement came hours before authorities and security agencies are likely to start a search and sanitization operation inside the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters campus near Sirsa town in Haryana.
According to the Dera newspaper, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has done this act to encourage followers to donate the remains to the sect for burial and prevent these from being immersed in rivers, causing pollution.
The newspaper also claimed that the human remains were buried within the campus and trees were planted on these.
According to some persons, who were earlier associated with the sect before but left it later, have alleged that the sect chief killed those who opposed his activities and got them buried inside the 70- acre campus of the sect.
Ram Rahim was found guilty of rape in a case that stemmed from an anonymous written complaint in April 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers. The case was registered by the CBI in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Violence broke out at Panchkula after Ram Rahim was convicted in a rape case by the special CBI court leaving 38 people dead and 264 injured.
Security forces are scheduled to carry out sanitization inside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarter at Satnaam Chowk in Sirsa on Friday. Heavy security force deployment was seen at the main entrance of headquarter. Bomb disposal squads and dog squads have also been stationed near the Dera premises.
Dera administration chairperson Vipassana, who is a close aide of the sect head, said the Dera management was fully prepared for the conduct of the search and sanitizing operation.