Panchkula (Har), Oct 13 (PTI) Dera Sacha Sauda chairperson Vipassana Insan was today grilled for several hours by a special investigating team of the Haryana Police here in connection with the violence which broke out following the sect head’s conviction in a rape case.

Vipassana reached here in the morning from the sect headquarters at Sirsa, police said.

She was questioned for over eight hours by the SIT.

The Dera chairperson was summoned by the Panchkula Police for questioning in connection with the violence following Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction.

Vipassana was summoned by the SIT after she twice skipped appearing before it on medical grounds.

She had arrived in Panchkula, a few hours before the court remanded Honeypreet Insan, close confidante of jailed Dera chief, in judicial custody till October 23.

Violence had erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa, the Dera headquarters, which claimed 41 lives–six died in Sirsa–and left nearly 200 injured in the August 25 violence which broke out after Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction.

The SIT had asked Vipassana to appear in Panchkula in connection with the FIR in which the sect head’s confidante Honeypreet Insan, Dera spokesperson Aditya Insan and some other top functionaries are accused of sedition, conspiracy and other charges.

Police sources said Vipassana has handed over a mobile phone to the SIT.

A Special Investigation Team of the Sirsa police had also last month questioned the Dera chairperson in connection with the violence.

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