Chandigarh: The Haryana and Rajasthan police teams carried out a joint search operation on Thursday to trace Honeypreet Insan, but the close confidante of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh remained elusive.
The search operation was carried following an input that Honeypreet, Ram Rahim Singh's adopted daughter, might be hiding at a house in Sri Gurusar Modia village in Rajasthan's Sri Ganganagar district, a senior police official said. Sri Gurusar Modia is the native place of Ram Rahim Singh, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence after being convicted of raping two of his disciples.
"The search operation went on for about three hours," an official said. However, Honeypreet was not found in the house at Sri Gurusar Modia village, he added.
There was a tip-off that on 28 and 29 August, Honeypreet stayed at a house in Gurusar Modia village, the officer said. A team of around 15 policemen of the Haryana police led by assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Mukesh Malhotra was part of the search operation.
Honeypreet, who calls herself 'Papa's Angel', had gone underground after the self-styled godman was convicted in a rape case by a special CBI court in Panchkula. The Haryana police has been making intensive efforts to trace her.
Honeypreet has been booked in connection with the violence following the conviction of the Dera chief on 25 August in Panchkula. A lookout notice has also been issued against her.
Several teams have been sent to different locations to nab Honeypreet while the Haryana police is also maintaining touch with its counterparts in other states for information about her whereabouts. Police initiated efforts to trace Honeypreet, following the questioning of another arrested functionary of the sect Surinder Dhiman Insan in connection with an alleged conspiracy to help Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh escape after he was convicted.
An FIR was lodged at the Panchkula police station following a statement by a newspaper reporter against Aditya and Surinder Dhiman. The duo were booked for sedition.
The police had also said that they needed to question Honeypreet on the basis of certain other disclosures made by Surinder Dhiman which make her role suspect.
Updated Date: Sep 21, 2017 20:37:28 IST