Dera violence: Police rubbishes reports of summoning sect committee members


The police claimed that they have ample leads to conclude that the plan to trigger off riots if the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was declared guilty of rape had been finalised a week in advance to the court verdict on the godman. Honeypreet Insaan presided over the meeting on 17 August in Sirsa in order to plan violence. Sukhdeep was arrested along with Honeypreet from Zirakpur town and was driving a Toyota Innova. She was booked for sedition and inciting violence. How much the Punjab police helped (her) and how much was in their knowledge... Mr. Singh said reports suggested that some senior Haryana police officers had known of Honeypreet's whereabouts for several days but had failed to arrest her.

Chawla also said that Ram Rahim's adopted Honeypreet was not cooperating with the officials during interrogation and that she started misleading police when confronted with evidence.

While Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar accused the Punjab Police of not sharing information with its Haryana counterpart ahead of her arrest on October 3, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh alleged that the allegations were an attempt to shift attention from the situation in Haryana.

Honeypreet, the adopted daughter' of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

Honeypreet had reportedly refused to coopearate with the investigators when she was grilled on Thursday.

"The way the Punjab police has worked, it raises suspicion", he said.

Interacting with the media in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, after a meeting with the top brass of Haryana Police on the arrest of Honeypreet, Khattar said: "Dal mein kuchh kala hai (Something is fishy about the whole affair)".

About 30 people were killed and more than 350 injured in the violence and clashes between Ram Rahim supporters and security personnel in parts of Haryana and Punjab. The disk, which is also said to be also containing the details about the Ram Rahim's associates, will be handed over to Enforcement Directorate (ED) for further investigations.

The Punjab Chief Minister trashed Mr. Khattar's charges that the Punjab police failed to give intelligence inputs on Honeypreet to the police in the neighbouring state.

During questioning, she also purportedly told the police that she had lost her mobile phone and SIM card.