Honeypreet sent on 6-day police remand

Panchkula (Haryana), Oct 4: Jailed Dera sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's close aide Honeypreet Insan was on Wednesday sent to six days police remand by a court in Panchkula. The Haryana Police had sought 14 days police remand. Earlier in the day, Honeypreet was produced in the court here, a day after her arrest in adjoining Punjab. Court sources said that Honeypreet was in tears before the court and pleaded with folded hands that she was innocent. The prosecution sought police remand for Honeypreet, saying she was the closest aide of the rapist sect chief and knew many things about the activities of the sect and its role in the violence in Panchkula and other places after the August 25 conviction of Ram Rahim on two counts of rape. The police remand was opposed by Honeypreet's defence counsel who claimed that Honeypreet was surrounded with tight security and had no role in the violence in Panchkula on August 25. Officials of the Special Investigation Team of Haryana Police had earlier questioned Honeypreet, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja.  Honeypreet remained fugitive for 38 days after she was booked by Haryana Police on charge of sedition. She was arrested on Tuesday from the Zirakpur-Patiala highway, about 15 km from Chandigarh. Police sources said that Honeypreet was questioned by the SIT officials and women police officials for several hours at the Chandimandir police station here. "She was evasive in her replies about her whereabouts and her role in inciting violence and providing funding to those behind the violence. We are interrogating her and will seek her police remand," a police officer involved in the questioning told IANS. A woman accomplice, Sukhdeep Kaur, who was accompanying Honeypreet when she was arrested on Tuesday, was also arrested on charges of harbouring the fugitive. The police had been on Honeypreet's trail for nearly a month and raids were conducted in Nepal, Rajasthan, Bihar and Haryana and Delhi.

IANS