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CHANDIGARH: Haryana administration went “soft” on now-incarcerated Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim when he was taken into custody by the Haryana Police after he was convicted on charges of rape by the special CBI court on Friday, suggest reports. Rahim’s adopted-daughter Honeypreet Kaur was allowed to travel and stay with the self-styled godman in the makeshift jail for few hours.
According to sources, Honeypreet accompanied Gurmeet Ram Rahim in the helicopter provided by the state government to transport him to Rohtak for the hearing on Friday.
The same day Gurmeet Ram Rahim filed an application in the court that he was unwell and also Honeypreet moved an application through her lawyer that Rahim had health issues. It was suggested that Honeypreet, being an acupressure expert could supervise Gurmeet’s medical treatment.
The court then stated that it cannot pass an order for the same as it was under the purview of the state government or jail authorities to decide that. Honeypreet accompanied Rahim to the rest house at the police training centre which was converted into a make shift jail, where both of them relaxed in the VIP room for few hours before the Dera chief was moved to the Rohtak District jail as the prisoner number ‘1997’.
Living life king size
According to sources, Gurmeet with an interest luxury cars and expensive self-designed dresses led the life of a king in his Dera spread in 700 acres in Sirsa before his arrest and conviction in the rape case. He had a discreet room called ‘Guffa’ (tunnel) where no one was allowed apart from close confidantes. It is alleged that his women followers attended to him at the room on a rotation basis. However, it is now alleged that all of them—over 200 in number—have gone missing. The details about the lifestyle of Gurmeet had come out much before his conviction through his former driver Khatta Singh who had parted ways with him many years ago.
The moolah factor
The Ambala Police recovered `38 lakh from a Dera follower which was to be used to spread unrest in Haryana and Punjab. The six persons arrested by the Chandigarh Police during interrogation admitted that they were hired at `1000 per day to spread violence.
With the Dera chief behind the bars, the future of employees working in various hospitals, institutes and factories run by the Dera is at stake.
Over 6,000 students studying in the eight educational institutions run by the Dera and the 500 odd staff working there is clueless, said sources adding that the Dera manufactures 150 products including mineral water, pickles, soft drinks, candies and shampoos besides pesticides and fertilisers. It had run a vernacular newspaper too, sources said.
For now, the show is being run by the dera chairperson Vipasna Insan and senior vice-president Dr PR Nain. As Jasmeet Singh Insan (son) and two daughters, Charanpreet Kaur and Amarpreet Kaur of the Dera chief are presently staying in the dera with their spouses.
Over 3,000 followers left the Dera on Sunday. Many strong followers refused to leave the congregation centres of the sect spread across the country.
Villagers arm themselves
Fearing violence after the Dera chief’s sentencing on Monday, Shahipur Beghu — a village close to the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters — readied itself to face angry followers with a stockpile of stones, sticks, bricks and iron rods.
Car burnt in Sirsa
After Gurmeet was sentenced, a car was allegedly set on fire by unknown persons in Kotli, Sirsa. “Three boys were seen sitting inside the car whose horn was blaring,” police said.
Lathis found at a Dera
A hundred “items”, including lathis, were found buried under the ground at a centre of Dera Sacha Sauda in Haryana’s Sonepat district during a police search operation. Lathis were found buried 2.5 feet under the ground.
A ‘youngster brigade’ was formed several days ahead of the verdict in the rape case against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief to “trigger violence” in Punjab if the judgement goes against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Security beefed up
Security was tightened in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, bordering Haryana, in view of the sentencing of Dera Sacha Sauda chief. District authorities had sealed roads connecting the district with Haryana and were checking vehicles.