CHANDIGARH: Were Dera Sacha Sauda followers given arms training inside its Sirsa headquarters? The question has lingered in the minds of many ever since Army intelligence red-flagged the issue in December 2010.They said ex-servicemen might have been used for the training and an advisory had been issued to troops to stay away from the Dera. The police, however, did not find any evidence of weapons being stored or followers being trained when it searched the Dera. It is only since the Panchkula violence that Dera followers have been held with weapons, including rifles and pistols.
The arms training issue came up again in late 2014 when followers of another controversial godman, Rampal, tried to stop the police from arresting him from Satlok Ashram in Hisar in a contempt of court case. Six people were killed in the clash.