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Where did Aditya Insan vanish? Is he ‘modern Shaktiman’, asks HC

Aditya Insan has been the most visible face of Dera Sacha Sauda for the last 20 years, appearing on television debates to defend the chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

punjab Updated: Dec 21, 2017 10:30 IST
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Aditya Insan
Aditya Insan (HT File Photo)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Haryana government on its failure to arrest key dera functionary Aditya Insan, who is still at large after violence broke out in Panchkula on August 25.

As per police, Aditya is the key conspirator of violence by dera followers allegedly to free the Dera Sacha Sauda head, Gurmeet Ram Rahim convicted and sentenced for 20 years in jail for rape of two female disciples on August 25. 36 persons were killed in panchkula post Ram Rahim conviction.

“Is this man such a trained criminal… Is he modern Shaktiman? What is happening,” the full bench presided over by justice Surya Kant asked state’s advocate general, BR Mahjan during the hearing of a PIL on Panchkula violence. Shaktiman was an Indian superhero from a television series.

“I (we) know one thing and others would also agree, if police want to arrest someone. He can’t remain at large for long,” the bench observed as Mahajan replied that Insan had not fled the country and was very much in the country only. “The reports by media that he has fled the country are wrong,’ he said blaming media. However, court said that media was also reporting on the basis of their ‘sources’ in police department. “They do not imagine such things on their own,” the high court bench remarked.

Aditya Insan was seen inciting crowd to go after security forces during violence. The bespectacled ophthalmologist, has been the most visible face of Dera Sacha Sauda for the last 20 years, appearing on television debates to defend the chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. He was also the go-to man for the media, every time they needed to hear the dera’s side of the story. He has been booked under sedition charge, non-bailable offence and can lead to life imprisonment. The police are yet to arrest Aditya, who vanished immediately after the violence was reported.