Panchkula court increased Honeypreet Insan’s police remand by three-days on Tuesday, after Haryana police sought for more time to interrogate her, as it was being alleged by authorities that she was is not ‘cooperating’ with the investigation.
Honeypreet Insan and Sukhdeep Kaur were produced before the Panchkula court on Tuesday afternoon.
Sukhdeep Kaur who was accompanying Honeypreet, when she was caught by the authorities, was also arrested on charges of harbouring the fugitive.
The court had sent her to a six-day remand, 4 October, after the police had sought a 14-day remand to interrogate her
On 8 October, Rakesh Arora– driver of Honeypreet Insan– was booked by Haryana Police for his alleged involvement in ‘assisting’ Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s ‘adopted’ daughter evade arrest.
The driver was booked by the Panchkula police and has been taken to Chandimandir police station for questioning.
The police said that, Rakesh Arora was with Honeypreet, when she was allegedly evading arrest.
Earlier, Haryana Police had claimed that Honeypreet Insan, the ‘adopted daughter’ of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, is misleading the police in the investigation of her role in violence on 25 August in Panchkula and elsewhere.
Ram Rahim has been sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of over Rs 30 lakh. His conviction led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana, leaving 38 people dead and another 264 injured. Isolated incidents of violence were also reported from Delhi and several places in Punjab.
Police is also conducting raids in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and some other places to arrest those who were behind the violence.
On 5 October, Honeypreet was taken to Bathinda– where she was allegedly hiding before being nabbed– for investigations into charges of sedition, a day after a court in Panchkula sent her to six days police remand.
Honeypreet, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja, who remained fugitive for 38 days after she was booked by the Haryana Police on charge of sedition, was arrested on 3 October from the Zirakpur-Patiala highway, about 15 km from Chandigarh.
The court had in September issued arrest warrants against top Dera functionaries — Honeypreet, Aditya Insan and Pawan Insan— after being charged of sedition, inciting violence and being involved in a conspiracy to help Ram Rahim escape following his conviction by a CBI court.
(With agency inputs)