Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh: From 'baba of the bling' to rape convict

Dera functionary arrested, search for Honeypreet continues

In this file picture search team vehicles move towards Dera Sacha Sauda during their search operations inside the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana.

In this file picture search team vehicles move towards Dera Sacha Sauda during their search operations inside the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana.

Haryana Police has made two fresh arrests in connection with incidents of violence which broke out on August 25 in Panchkula after sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in a rape case.

Efforts are also on to trace the Dera chief’s adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan and Dera spokesman Aditya Insan, against whom a lookout notice was issued earlier.

Pradeep Goyal Insan, a Dera functionary, was arrested on Sunday from Udaipur in Rajasthan by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Haryana Police, a senior police official said.

Prakash alias Vicky, who is brother-in-law of Mr. Aditya Insan, was also nabbed on September 17 from Mohali, Panchkula’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Manbir Singh said.

Another person identified as Vijay was arrested from Pinjore on September 16, he said.

“The role of all the three arrested persons Pradeep, Prakash and Vijay is under the scanner in connection with incidents of violence which broke out in Panchkula on August 25. Further investigations are under progress,” Mr. Singh said.

The police have also arrested one more person from Ambala in connection with incidents of arson in Panchkula.

Haryana Police said it was collecting videos from various sources pertaining to incidents of violence which broke out in Panchkula and was trying to identify the accused involved in inciting violence and indulging in acts of arson.

Asked to comment on media reports claiming that Pradeep Goyal has told SIT that Ms. Honeypreet had already fled to Nepal, DCP Manbir said, “There is no truth in these reports. These are baseless.”

The Haryana Police made several arrests after violence broke out in Panchkula that includes Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s top aide and spokesperson Dilawar Insan, who was arrested from Sonepat, on September 15.

The police had earlier also arrested Dera’s State body member Gobind Insan.

The Haryana Police had earlier sent a team to Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh bordering Nepal in search of Ms. Honeypreet, a close confidant of the self-styled godman who is serving a 20-year-old jail term for raping two disciples.

Officials of the Uttar Pradesh police had earlier said that Ms. Honeypreet’s photographs were pasted at police stations bordering Nepal.

The police on September 1 issued a lookout notice for Ms. Honeypreet and Mr. Aditya, fearing that they could flee the country.

Police have intensified efforts to trace Ms. Honeypreet, who describes herself as “Papa’s angel,” after they arrested and questioned another sect functionary, Surinder Dhiman Insan, in connection with an alleged conspiracy to help Ram Rahim escape after his conviction by the special CBI court in Panchkula on August 25.

Earlier, Panchkula Police Commissioner, A.S. Chawla had said that police needs to question Ms. Honeypreet regarding the disclosures made by Mr. Surinder Dhiman and some other arrested accused.

He said that an FIR was earlier lodged at the Panchkula police station following a statement by a newspaper reporter against Mr. Aditya and Mr. Surinder Dhiman. The duo have been booked for sedition.

Violence broke out in Panchkula after the Dera chief’s conviction, leaving 35 dead, while six others were killed in incidents in Sirsa.

The 50-year-old Dera chief, who is lodged in the Sunaria Jail in Rohtak, had been sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment by the CBI court for raping two of his disciples in 2002.


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