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Honeypreet Insan sent to 6-day police custody by Panchkula court

Honeypreet, who is Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s ‘adopted daughter’, broke down inside the courtroom when the police custody was announced.

punjab Updated: Oct 05, 2017 09:49 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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Honeypreet Insan and Sukhdeep Kaur arrive at the court complex in Panchkula on Wednesday. (Sant Arora/HT)

Honeypreet Insan was sent to a six-day police remand by a Panchkula court on Wednesday. Police had sought a 14-day remand to interrogate her and establish a connection between Honeypreet and the violence in Panchkula following Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s rape conviction.

Sources said that Honeypreet broke down inside the courtroom when the police custody was announced.

Honeypreet arrived at the Panchkula court complex in the afternoon and was accompanied by Sukhdeep Kaur, who was arrested on Tuesday along with her on Tuesday. Both the women kept their faces covered with dupattas.

Honeypreet topped a list of 43 people “wanted” by the state police in connection with the violence.

The defence counsel said, “Police claimed that a conspiracy was hatched to incite violence on August 25. She (Honeypreet) was not involved in any conspiracy. How can they implicate her in the conspiracy?”

“Honeypreet was with the Dera head after his conviction. In no way she was involved in inciting violence,” her counsel said.

The prosecution sought 14 days’ police remand claiming that she knew at least four to five prime accused in the case.

Earlier, Honeypreet and Sukhdeep Kaur were brought from Chandimandir police station to the court complex amid tight security.

During questioning by Hayana Police on Tuesday night, Honeypreet had not divulged much, Panchkula Police Commissioner A S Chawal had said.

Following the conviction of the Dera chief, violence had erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa, the Dera headquarters, which claimed 41 lives and left scores of people injured.

The Dera chief has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two women and is now lodged in jail.

(with inputs from PTI)

First Published: Oct 04, 2017 15:43 IST