Days after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's aide and adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan was arrested on 3 October, the police has accused her of misleading the investigation and has taken her to an undisclosed location for questioning, media reports said.
Panchkula police commissioner AS Chawla told the media that Honeypreet was not fully cooperating with the police in the investigation and was evasive in her replies, The Economic Times reported. "She is misleading the police," Chawla said.
Failing to elicit answers for the 300 questions prepared for Honeypreet, Panchkula police's special investigation team (SIT) is now seeking help from Haryana Police's crime branch, India Today reported. It added that on Saturday, she was taken to an undisclosed location and was questioned by the police.
The report said in order to avoid media presence, the police staged a drama and took female police personnel dressed as dummies of Honeypreet and her aide Sukhdeep Kaur in police convoys, while actually taking the two accused later to an undisclosed location for questioning.
On Friday, 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.
According to a statement released by Haryana Police in September, Honeypreet tops the list of most wanted persons in relation to the wide-spread violence in Panchkula after Ram Rahim's conviction in two rape cases in August.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Oct 09, 2017 12:25 PM