Followers Scattered Relatives’ Ashes in Sirsa HQ: Dera Official

Earlier this week, Dera Sacha Sauda’s IT head Vineet was arrested in Sirsa. 

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Convicted Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
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As the crackdown on Dera Sacha Sauda continues, Haryana police have arrested the cult’s IT head, Vineet, Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s close aide Dilawar Singh, Honeypreet Insan’s driver, and now Prakash Insan, another aide of Ram Rahim.

However, Honeypreet is still missing.

Earlier, security agencies and state government authorities ‘sanitised’ the Dera headquarters in Sirsa for three days. Dera chief Ram Rahim was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in jail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on 25 August, on charges of raping two women.

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Snapshot
  • FIR filed against Honeypreet Isan for allegedly inciting violence
  • Another close aide of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Prakash Insan, arrested by the SIT
  • Earlier, Dera’s IT head Vineet, Ram Rahim’s close aide Dilawar Singh and Honeypreet’s driver were arrested
  • Haryana police launched a massive crackdown on Dera, including three-day-long search operation
  • Computers, hard disks and cash were seized during the search operation
  • On 25 August, the controversial self-styled godman was sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping two women
3:15 PM , 20 Sep

"Followers Scattered Relatives' Ashes Inside Dera"

Reports said Gurmeet Singh’s aide told the SIT about a mass grave at Dera Sacha Sauda’s headquarters in Sirsa and that around 600 skeletons may be buried inside it.

On media reports suggesting skeletons used to be buried in Dera premises, DSP Kuldeep Singh Beniwal said, “No such fact has come to our notice”.

The SIT of Haryana Police on Tuesday evening questioned Dera Sacha Sauda Management Committee senior vice president PR Nain for two-and-a-half hours at Sirsa.

He told the team that around 300-400 followers of Dera Sacha Sauda had over the years scattered ashes of their relatives after their cremation inside the sect headquarters as part of “rituals”.

11:48 AM , 20 Sep

SIT Grills Dera Chief's Daughter Vipassana Insan

Dera chief Gurmeet Singh’s daughter Vipassana Insan was on Tuesday quizzed by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by Sirsa police for over three hours, said a Hindustan Times report.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Dabwali, Kuldeep Beniwal, who is heading the SIT team, told HT that post Gurmeet Singh’s conviction, Honeypreet Insan visited the Dera on 25 August.

Vipassana told the team that since then she’s not been in touch with Honeypreet and neither has any details of other Dera staffers who are currently hiding after violence in Panchkula.

11:32 AM , 20 Sep

FIR Filed Against Honeypreet as Search Ops Continue

Jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief's adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan has been booked for allegedly inciting violence following the conviction of Gurmeet Singh, the Haryana Police said on Tuesday.

Honeypreet has been booked at Sector 5 police station in Panchkula.

The police added her name in FIR number 345 as an accused in connection with the violence that took place in Panchkula on 25 August.

Her name has been included in the same FIR in which other Dera functionaries Aditya Insan and Surinder Dhiman, among others, had been booked for allegedly inciting violence and arson, police said.

“Our efforts are on to nab her (Honeypreet),” Haryana DGP B S Sandhu said.

10:55 AM , 18 Sep

Haryana Police Releases 'Wanted' List

Haryana Police on Monday released a list of 43 people wanted over violence post Dera chief Gurmeet Singh’s conviction. His ‘adopted’ daughter Honeypreet Insan and Dera Sacha Sauda spokesperson Aditya Insan top the list.

On their official website, Haryana Police provided two mobile numbers — 8146630005, 8146630031, and a WhatsApp number — 8146630011, asking people to inform them about the whereabouts of the 43 people.



Followers Scattered Relatives’ Ashes in Sirsa HQ: Dera Official
(Photo Courtesy: Haryana Police)


Followers Scattered Relatives’ Ashes in Sirsa HQ: Dera Official
(Photo Courtesy: Haryana Police)


Followers Scattered Relatives’ Ashes in Sirsa HQ: Dera Official
(Photo Courtesy: Haryana Police)

Speaking to ANI, the DGP of Haryana BS Sandhu said:

We are tracking Honeypreet. Hopefully we’ll arrest her soon.

Published: 08 Sep 2017, 8:30 AM IST
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