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Honeypreet’s police remand extended by three days

South Asia

October 10th, 2017

Honeypreet Insan is alleged to have incited crowd voilence at Panchkula, Punjab last month.

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan has been remanded in police custody for three more days.

Honeypreet, born Priyanka Taneja, has been in police’s custody since her arrest a week ago. A local court also remanded another woman suspect in the case, Sukhpreet Kaur, in police custody for three days.

Both were arrested on October 3.

Honeypreet is among several people who faces sedition charges for her suspected role in inciting violence that followed Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction in two rape cases on August 25. More than 40 people were killed in the violence.

Police had initially asked the court to remand her in their custody for nine days saying they needed her custody to find other suspects in the case — among them Aditya Insan.

Meanwhile the Dera’s chairperson, Dera Sacha Sauda chairperson Vipassana did not before a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Haryana Police for investigations citing medical reasons.

The SIT had asked Vipassana Insan to appear before it in connection with investigations into the sedition charges Honeypreet and others face.

Panchkula DCP Manbir Singh said police would now investigate if the reasons Vipassana Insan cited for non-appearance were indeed genuine.

Other functionaries of the sect are either arrested or on the run.