Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Honeypreet confesses to inciting August 25 Panchkula violence, says police sources

Honeypreet confesses to inciting August 25 Panchkula violence, says police sources

A court in Panchkula had yesterday extended her police remand till October 13. Police claimed she was mastermind of the plan to spread violence if dera Chief is convicted by the CBI court.

Honeypreet is accused of inciting violence after Ram Rahim was convicted on two counts of rape on August 25.

After being on the run for 38 days since the conviction of Ram Rahim in two rape case, Honeypreet remains in the custody of Haryana Police. Honeypreet also admitted to preparing the guide maps for Panchkula where the violence was focused and that the Dera Sacha Sauda functionaries had been given the responsibility to fund and organise the violence.

She got arrested on Tuesday from the Zirakpur-Patiala highway, 15 km from Chandigarh.

She was arrested in connection with the violence that followed the sect head's conviction in a rape case. Haryana Police had on September 1 issued a look-out notice against Honeypreet Insan and another key aide of the Dera chief, Aditya Insan, following apprehensions that they might try to "escape from the country".

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The violence that erupted on August 25 claimed 41 lives in Panchkula and Sirsa.

Police sought Honeypreet's remand on the ground that they wanted to take her to other states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

During the interrogation, Honeypreet revealed about a secret diary which contains all the information related to Dera Sacha Sauda's secret meetings and financial transactions.

On August 26, Kumar, the then deputy commissioner of police in Panchkula, was suspended by the Haryana government, a day after at least 35 people died in the district in violence triggered by the self-styled godmans conviction.

With the special court's permission, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials recorded Mr Singh's statement at a Rohtak prison where he is serving 20-year jail term, sources said.

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