Honeypreet remained in hiding for around a month before she was arrested on 3rd October.
Days after the arrest of Honeypreet Insan, who allegedly masterminded Panchkula violence, police have been told that she funded the violence after the conviction of her foster father Guru Ram Rahim Singh for raping two sadhvis of Dera Sachha Sauda.
According to CNN-News18, five Dera supporters have told police in their statement that Honeypreet had sanctioned Rs 1.25 crore ahead of the judgement to sect’s supporters for the violence. A meeting in this regard was chaired by her on August 17. According to the news channel, the Dera supporters also told police that Honeypreet, who claims to be an adopted daughter of Ram Rahim, was handling all financial matters of the Dera as well as the movement of the cult leader outside the Dera.
According tot India Today, the August 17 meeting was attended by Ram Rahim’s private secretary Rakesh Kumar Arora and Dera’s chief security officer Preetam. Both were arrested later by SIT.
Honeypreet remained in hiding for around a month before she was arrested on 3rd October. She was the top accused in the list of 43 Dera followers accused of being responsible for the violence in which around 40 people were killed and over 200 injured.
Meanwhile, a blame-game has started between the chief ministers of Haryana and Punjab over the arrest of Honeypreet Insan. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday accused the Punjab Police of not sharing information with its Haryana counterparts ahead of her arrest. However, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh alleged the allegations were an attempt to shift attention from the situation in Haryana. “The Punjab Police should have informed the Haryana Police about Honeypreet’s whereabouts earlier. Something smells fishy,” Khattar told media in Chandigarh.
“This (delay in her arrest) has happened due to the Punjab Police. How much the Punjab police helped (her) and how much was in their knowledge…If it was in their knowledge they should have passed information to the Haryana Police and handed her over to them,” PTI reported him as saying.
India Today had earlier reported that Honeypreet also allegedly hatched a conspiracy to whisk away Ram Rahim from police custody, a week before his conviction.
Honeypreet has been charged with rioting and sedition.