Panchkula Police to produce Honeypreet in court today
The police will seek the maximum remand for Honeypreet as her custody is vital to interrogate her role in the violence in which 41 people were killed on August 25 after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to jail.india Updated: Oct 04, 2017 13:16 IST
Panchkula Police will produce Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of rape convict Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, in a local court on Wednesday afternoon, a day after she was arrested from a highway in Punjab more than a month after she went into hiding.
Police commissioner AS Chawla said they will seek the maximum remand for Honeypreet as her custody is vital to interrogate her role in the violence in which at least 41 people were killed on August 25 after the dera chief was sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Honeypreet, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja, has denied police charges that she instigated the dera chief’s followers. Her lawyer Vishal Garg told the Hindustan Times all charges against her are false and that he will oppose the application for her custodial interrogation.
She has been made an accused in the FIR number 345 in which other core members of the dera — Aditya Insan (still absconding) and Surender Dhiman are facing charges of sedition, conspiracy, and inciting violence in Panchkula. She has been booked on several charges including sedition and rioting.
Her name first appeared during Dhiman’s interrogation after his arrest on August 30. Other dera members, including Dhaan Singh and Dilawar Singh, also confirmed her involvement after their arrest. Based on their testimony, the police began hunting for her.
Chawla said as she is the closest to the dera chief, she would have information about the dera’s role in inciting violence after his conviction.
Sources said Honeypreet was questioned till 3am at Chandimandir police station where she was kept after her arrest. Policemen interrogating her posed several questions including her role in the violence as well as in the alleged plan to whisk away the dera chief from outside the local court.
She was asked about the weapons and other inflammable material found in the dera chief’s cavalcade. The interrogation also focused on her whereabouts during her hideout and about her major supporters.
She was briefly taken to hospital after she complained of chest pain around 12.30pm. Doctors reportedly declared she was fine.
Honeypreet, said to be in her thirties, accused by her former husband of having a sexual relationship with her mentor, was last seen when she accompanied the dera chief on a helicopter to a Rohtak jail. She parted ways with her Panchkula-based husband before settling at the dera headquarters in Sirsa in 2009.
In her latest interviews, Honeypreet denies her former husband allegations and claimed that Ram Rahim was falsely accused of rape.
First Published: Oct 04, 2017 13:15 IST