Panchkula violence: Days after Honeypreet Insan's arrest, Haryana Police summons 45 Dera committee members

By PTI

Chandigarh: Haryana Police have issued summons to 45 members of a committee of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect to appear before it regarding the violence that erupted following the rape conviction of the Dera chief on 25 August, police sources said on Friday.

Police sources said a hard disk, which reportedly contains details of transactions worth Rs 700 crore, including property and hawala deals, of the Dera has been recovered and sent for detailed examination.

Honeypreet Insaan being taken away by the police after they were produced at a Panchkula court on Wednesday. PTI

The 45-member committee, which included the Dera's headquarters campus (near Sirsa) chairman Vipassana and vice chairman PR Nain, is being accused of planning the violence in Panchkula and other places that left at least 38 people dead and 264 injured.

Dera followers had indulged in large-scale violence in Panchkula and Sirsa after the CBI court on 25 August convicted the sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of rape.

The Haryana Police had in August issued a list of 43 'Most Wanted' people of the sect, including top functionaries Honeypreet Insan and Aditya Insan, who are the closest aides of Ram Rahim, for their role in the violence.

Honeypreet was arrested from neighbouring Punjab on Tuesday after being fugitive for 38 days. She was booked for sedition and inciting violence.

The disgraced sect chief, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, is now lodged in the District Jail in Sunaria near Rohtak.