- Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Haryana's Sirsa has 7-star hotel
- Ram Rahim lived in a pink mansion, dubbed the "gufa", meaning a cave
- Cinema hall inside the campus is still playing Ram Rahim's last MSG film
Every building is decorated with hoardings carrying pictures of its chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who took over as its chief in 1990. The flamboyant self-styled spiritual leader -- dubbed the "Guru in bling" due to his fondness for glittering costumes and state-of-the-art motorcycles -- is now in jail.
Set up in 1948, the Dera Sacha Sauda -- which describes itself as a social welfare and spiritual organization -- claims to have 50 million followers in India and abroad. The numbers had brought it favour of political parties across the board.
Criticism was heaped on the Haryana government for failing to anticipate the situation, even though more than a lakh of Dera followers had steadily flowed into Panchkula for days before the verdict.
The Mahi cinema hall, where Ram Rahim's last MSG film is still playing, looked equally abandoned. The food stalls outside were empty. The "International School", where locals said hundreds of students studied and boarded, is empty too. The police had asked the parents to withdraw their children. So was the sports stadium christened Bhartiya Khel Gaon.
The Dera Sacha Sauda has large support among Dalits and backward castes and conducts various social drives, like blood donation and afforestation. It has funded and constructed hospitals, hostels for girls and helped with the rehabilitation of sex workers. In 2003, it set a Guinness World Record for the largest blood donation camp ever.
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