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Panchkula arson was pre-planned: Chargesheet quotes Honeypreet

Also tells police that the dera chief’s video message asking his followers to leave Panchkula before CBI court verdict was a sham

india Updated: Nov 30, 2017 08:56 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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The three-page statement, believed to be signed by Honeypreet on October 11 along with two police witnesses, has been attached in the chargesheet. (HT File)

Violence in Panchkula and Sirsa on August 25 was pre-planned and was done with the intent to free Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim soon after his conviction, states the chargesheet police filed on Tuesday quoting the sect head’s adopted daughter Honeypreet.

Honeypreet purportedly gave the statement during her police custody last month, the police claimed in the 970-page document submitted in the court of judicial magistrate.

The three-page statement, believed to be signed by Honeypreet on October 11 along with two police witnesses, has been attached in the chargesheet.

Honeypreet, who has been charged as a main conspirator behind the arson, is quoted in the document saying that Ram Rahim’s PA Rakesh Kumar, who accompanied him along with his security guards on August 25, was given the responsibility of fleeing the dera chief after his conviction.

Also, Chamkaur Singh, the Panchkula dera in-charge, was given the responsibility to gather crowd in Panchkula with help of other committee members, who were to incite violence to divert the police attention and flee the dera chief, she is quoted as saying in the chargesheet.

She further stated that the conspiracy was hatched at the dera headquarters in Sirsa on August 17 in a meeting that was convened by her and dera chief spokesperson Aditya Insan in the presence of co-spokesperson Dilawar Insan, media coordinator Surinder Dhiman, legal adviser Dhan Singh, PA Rakesh Kumar and other members Mohinder Singh, Gopal Insan, Jasbir Singh and dera IT cell in-charge Vikram Balkar.

She then stated that a day before the court verdict, the state agencies put pressure on Ram Rahim to issue an appeal to the dera followers in Panchkula to go back home.

The appeal, she is quoted as saying, was sham as the dera functionaries on the ground told the dera followers to stay put as planned.

As per the chargesheet, the self-styled godman’s commandos tried to flee him when the dera followers began clashing with security forces to reach the court complex. But the police transported him to Rohtak’s Sunaria jail in a helicopter within half an hour.

25 more to face sedition charges

Though the police have so far slapped sedition charges against 12 persons, including Honeypreet, as many as 25 people, mostly close aides of the dera head, will face Section 121 (waging war against the state) of the Indian Penal Code when they are arrested.

As per the chargesheet, the dera members who are still wanted for executing the Panchkula arson conspiracy are Aditya Insan, Mohinder Insan and Gobi Insan among others.

Honeypreet will be produced in court on December 1. She then will have the right to procure a copy of the chargesheet.

First Published: Nov 29, 2017 22:49 IST