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Dera violence: 2 followers roped in to prove charges against Honeypreet

The police believed that their testimony will strengthen the conspiracy charge against the accused who have called it fabricated.

punjab Updated: Dec 15, 2017 10:07 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
Honeypreet,dera violence,Ram Rahim
Honeypreet Insan(HT File)

After making the dera chief’s gunman a prime witness, the Panchkula police have now made two other followers of rape convict dera sacha sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim to prove the criminal conspiracy and sedition charges against his adopted daughter Honeypreet and 14 others in connection with Panchkula violence.

HT accessed the chargesheet filed last week in Panchkula court in which it was claimed that the two followers were privy to the conspiracy hatched inside the dera headquarters in Sirsa to spread arson in Panchkula after Ram Rahim’s conviction.

The witnesses have been identified as Anil Kumar of Chautala village in Sirsa and Rajesh Kumar of Hanumangarh in Rajasthan. The police believed that their testimony will strengthen the conspiracy charge against the accused who have called it fabricated.

In his statement Rajesh Kumar stated he went to the dera on August 17 where there was a programme at night which was attended by 70-80 people. “They were talking of gathering dera followers in Panchkula ahead of the CBI court verdict. Destruction was to be carried out if the judgement was against the dera chief,” Kumar said.

Anil stated that he was dera chief’s follower since 2010. He was in the dera on the night of August 17 and incidentally attended a meeting chaired by Honeypreet and others where he had seen minute planning where they were talking of overturning the government if needed to release the dera chief after conviction. “They were even ready to shed blood and loss of lives,” Kumar stated.

Court hearing on December 21

The local court is likely to start the hearing for framing of charges against Honeypreet and others on December 21. The major cause of worry for the police, however, is that the grant of bail to accused in the case. Two of the 15 accused—Kherati Lal and Gopal Insan, who were charged with sedition (Section 121)— got the bail, while three other accused—Chamkaur Singh, Surender Dhiman and Gurmeet Singh—have applied for bail. The court will pronounce its order on Friday.

First Published: Dec 15, 2017 09:05 IST