Panchkula (Haryana), November 17: A Panchkula court on Friday extended the judicial custody of Honeypreet Insan by 14 days in a case related to the violence which erupted following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2002 rape case. The violence on August 25 claimed 41 lives and left many injured. Also Read - Tractor Rally Violence: Delhi Police Names Yogendra Yadav, Medha Patkar and Other Prominent Leaders in FIRs
Honeypreet, who claimed to the adopted daughter of Ram Rahim, was arrested from Zirakpur-Patiala road in Punjab on October 3. Also read: Donkeys Named Ram Rahim, Honeypreet Fetch Rs 11,000 at Ujjain’s Mela Also Read - Govt Failed To Keep Law and Order in Control, Says Sharad Pawar After Tractor Rally Turns Violent
Priyanka Taneja, alias Honeypreet Insan, topped a list of 43 people “wanted” by the state police in connection with the violence post the Dera chief’s conviction. Also read: No Fan, Coffee for Honeypreet in Police Lock-up Also Read - Violence Is Unacceptable: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Appeals Farmers To Vacate Delhi And Return To Borders
Haryana Police had on September 1 issued a look-out notice against Honeypreet and another key aide of the Dera chief, Aditya Insan, following apprehensions that they might try to “escape from the country”.
An arrest warrant was also issued against Honeypreet, and two key Dera functionaries Aditya Insan and Pawan Insan, after Haryana Police moved an application in the Panchkula court.
Her name was also included in an FIR in which Dera functionaries Aditya Insan and Surinder Dhiman, among others, had been booked on the charge of sedition, inciting violence and arson, the police had said earlier.
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 a Rohtak jail.
With inputs from PTI