Honeypreet Insan confesses to role in inciting Panchkula riots after Gurmeet Ram Rahim's conviction

A week after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan was arrested, she confessed to her role in inciting the violence in Panchkula that claimed 38 lives, according to media reports.

Accused of being the mastermind behind the violence, Honeypreet told the special investigation team of Haryana Police that she prepared guide maps of the town of Panchkula before the riots broke out, according to India Today.

File image of Honeypreet Insan. Twitter@CNNNews18

File image of Honeypreet Insan. Twitter@CNNNews18

The Dera rank and file were given the responsibility to organise and fund the violence. Police told the court that guide maps and deployment chart are saved in a laptop, and that they would recover this laptop to get the information, the report said.

According to investigators, a blueprint of the violence was prepared in a meeting that was held on 17 August, days before Ram Rahim was convicted by the CBI court in two rape cases, Zee News reported.

The police had earlier accused her of misleading the investigation, and had taken her to an undisclosed location for questioning.

Last week, Haryana Police issued summons to 45 members of a committee of the Dera to appear before it regarding the violence that erupted in Panchkula in August.

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

Giving away what could be critical in determining the fate of the probe, five Dera supporters in police custody claimed that Honeypreet had masterminded and funded the 25 August violence in Panchkula.

In their statement, the supporters said that Honeypreet provided funding to the sect's supporters in Panchkula and sanctioned Rs 1.25 crore ahead of verdict day, CNN-News18 reported. She chaired the meeting on 17 August in Sirsa to plan the violence.

Honeypreet was arrested on 3 October, after evading arrest for 38 days.

Updated Date: Oct 12, 2017 06:46 AM

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