The framing of charges and arguments on the quantum of sentence to be pronounced against Honeypreet Insan and 14 others in connection to the Panchkula violence carried out on August 25, 2017 will be heard on Thursday.
The framing of charges and arguments on the quantum of sentence to be pronounced against Honeypreet Insan and 14 others in connection to the Panchkula violence carried out on August 25, 2017 will be heard on Thursday. Honeypreet, the adopted daughter of rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is charged with criminal conspiracy, sedition and is the prime suspect among the 15 accused to be presented in Haryana Court. According to the police chargesheet, the entire Panchkula violence that claimed lives of 36 people and left over 250 people injured was hatched inside the Dera headquarters in Sirsa by Honeypreet and 45 other Dera members. Honeypreet, who is referred to as ‘papa’s favourite angel’ was arrested in October after she managed to evade the Haryana police for 38 days. She was among the 43 most wanted Dera members wanted by police following the rioting in Panchkula after the sentencing of Ram Rahim.
The chargesheet framed against Honeypreet and 14 others have a list of 66 evidences which are likely to make statements in court during the hearing. As of now, Honeypreet has been transported from Ambala Jail where she was lodged after her arrest to the court. In the 1,200 page chargesheet, police have accused Honeypreet under Section 120 (criminal conspiracy), Section 121 (sedition) and Section 121-A. Honeypreet had earlier managed to escape police six times with reports of her fleeing to Nepal and was also reportedly seen in Delhi. Beside Honeypreet, some of the other names on the list are Aditya Insaan, Pawan Insaan, Surendra Dheeman, Dilwan Insaan, Daan Singh, Chamkaur Singh and Govind Ram. Among these, Aditya Insan, the alleged mastermind of the conspiracy, and Pawan Insan are still absconding.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim who was the Dera chief was found guilty of rape in a case that started from an anonymous written complaint in April 2002. The complaint read that he had sexually exploited two female followers. The case was registered by CBI in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The CBI had filed the charge sheet against the Dera head in Ambala court in July 2007. The charge sheet mentioned sexual exploitation of two ‘Sadhvis’ (women followers) between 1999 and 2001.