CHANDIGARH: Honeypreet Insan, the “adopted daughter” of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, has been arrested after dodging the police for 40 days. The 36-year-old, who suddenly showed up on two TV channels on Tuesday morning, was arrested around 3 pm on a highway near Chandigarh along with another woman. Panchkula police commissioner AS Chawla confirmed that she was arrested on Zirakpur-Patiala road, and had not surrendered. She will be produced in court on Wednesday.
Honeypreet had gone missing after she was seen escorting Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim, convicted of raping two followers, in a special chopper to a Rohtak jail on August 25. About 41 people were killed that day in Haryana in rioting by Dera supporters. Honeypreet was charged with inciting the violence, sedition and also trying to help Ram Rahim escape.
Speaking on TV before her arrest, Honeypreet denied the charges against her and defended her relationship with Ram Rahim, who has been jailed for 20 years for rape. Panchkula police commissioner Chawla said action would be taken against all those who had given shelter to Honeypreet when she was on the run. She is being questioned.
“The other woman arrested along with her was driving her vehicle,” Chawla said. Sources said Honeypreet had been on her way to surrender before a Panchkula court when she was detained by Punjab police and then handed over to Haryana police near Zirakpur in Punjab. However, Panchkula police commissioner AS Chawla refused to comment on this.
Honeypreet said she was “devastated and depressed” by the allegations against Ram Rahim. “When Papa went away, my world came crashing down. Papa is innocent.”