Honeypreet Produced In Panchkula court
A day after her arrest, jailed Dera sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s close aide Honeypreet Insan was on Tuesday produced in a court in Panchkula town in Haryana.
The prosecution sought a 10-day police remand for Honeypreet, saying she was the closest aide of the rapist-sect chief and knew many things about the activities of the sect and its role in the violence in Panchkula and other places after the August 25 conviction of Ram Rahim on two counts of rape. The police remand was opposed by Honeypreet’s defence counsel.
Officials of the Special Investigation Team of Haryana Police had earlier questioned Honeypreet, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja. Honeypreet remained fugitive for 38 days after she was booked by Haryana Police on charge of sedition. She was arrested on Tuesday from the Zirakpur-Patiala highway, about 15 km from Chandigarh.
Police sources said that Honeypreet was questioned by the SIT officials and women police officials for several hours at the Chandimandir police station in Panchkula. “She was evasive in her replies about her whereabouts and her role in inciting violence and providing funding to those behind the violence. We are interrogating her and will seek her police remand,” a police officer involved in the questioning said. A woman accomplice, Sukhdeep Kaur, who was accompanying Honeypreet when she was arrested on Tuesday, was also arrested on charges of harbouring the fugitive. The police had been on Honeypreet’s trail for nearly a month and raids were conducted in Nepal, Rajasthan, Bihar and Haryana and Delhi.