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HC nod for search of Dera HQs; Honeypreet flees to Nepal?

SNS | New Delhi |

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday granted permission to search the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa. The Haryana government had moved a plea in the court for a thorough search of the premises. This comes a day after hundreds of Dera followers deposited their weapons with the police.

Meanwhile, Dera chief Ram Rahim’s ‘adopted daughter’ is evading the police. A team of Haryana police went to Kheri on the India-Nepal border looking for her as she was suspected to have left for Nepal through the porous border.

The main clue was an unclaimed vehicle bearing the registration number of Punjab that was found abandoned on the border. Police have started a probe to ascertain its ownership and its connection with Honeypreet, if any.

Additional Superintendent of Police Ghanshyam Chaurasiya confirmed the arrival of two Haryana police personnel at Gaurifanta border in Kheri.

The ASP told PTI that the Haryana Police had shared some information with the Gaurifanta Police and inquired about her suspected movement towards the neighbouring country through the porous India-Nepal border.

“However, when no clue about Honeypreet’s departure for Nepal could be gathered, the Haryana Police returned,” the ASP said.

Honeypreet, who is in her thirties, is the adopted daughter of Ram Rahim whose conviction in a rape case triggered mob violence that killed 36 people across Haryana.

She had accompanied the Dera head when he was brought to the special CBI court in Panchkula for the pronouncement of the verdict in 15-year-old rape case. She also travelled along with him in a special chopper which ferried them to Rohtak from Panchkula after the conviction.

The police had issued a lookout notice against Honeypreet who has emerged as the Dera head’s likely successor to head the controversial sect.

(With inputs from PTI)