Honeypreet Insan of Dera Sacha Sauda has been granted bail in the Panchkula riot case. Violence broke out in the Haryana town after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted in a rape case in August 2017.

Honeypreet Insan, the close aide of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and the so-called stepdaughter of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, went underground after 41 people were killed and several others injured in the violence after a CBI court convicted him in a rape case on August 25 in a case of violence that took place in Panchkula in 2017. The court sentenced Gurmeet Ram Rahim to 20 years in prison on August 28.

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The followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim resorted to violence after the arrest of their chief in a rape case. Honeypreet allegedly played a role in instigating the followers. She reached Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa after she was released from the jail. Dera followers welcomed Honeypreet and burst crackers upon her arrival. She had been in judicial custody at the Ambala central jail since October 2017.

According to a chargesheet filed by the police, riot were planned by Honeypreet and the 45-member Dera management committee as reactive action should dera Sacha Sauda chief be convicted in the rape case.

Police arrested 41 while five others including Dera spokesperson Aditya Insan were declared proclaimed offenders by a Haryana court last year. Gurmeet Ram Rahim was found guilty of raping two of his minor devotees at his ashram in Sirsa, Haryana.

Honeypreet Singh Case Timeline

On September 26, Honeypreet filed an anticipatory bail plea in the Delhi High Court, claiming a threat to her life from the drug mafia.

On September 25, Honeypreet moved Delhi High Court, seeking a transit anticipatory bail.

On September 22, a relative claimed that Honeypreet stayed in their house on the day of Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s sentencing.

On September 21, Nepal police announced she was not in their country amid rumours that she may have fled to the Himalayan nation.

On September 17, an important Dera functionary was arrested, raising expectations that Honeypreet may soon be in the police net.

On September 16, Honeypreet’s driver was arrested in Rajasthan.

On September 1, Haryana police issued a lookout notice against Honeypreet for allegedly plotting Dera chief’s dramatic escape.

On August 25, Honeypreet went underground after a special CBI court in Panchkula held the Dera chief guilty of sexually exploiting two female devotees.

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Dera Sacha Sauda Case History

Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) is an Indian religious group and non-profit social welfare organisation (Dera) that was established on 29 April 1948 by Mastana Balochistani, an ascetic follower of Baba Sawan Singh, the second Satguru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas as a centre for religious learning. After Baba Sawan Singh, the movement split into four groups, one of them led by Mastana Balochistani. After the death of Mastana Balochistani, his movement was split into three groups, with Satnam Singh leading the Sirsa group, who selected Gurmeet Ram Rahim to be his successor. Dera Sacha Sauda’s main centre is located in Sirsa, Haryana.  The organisation has 46 ashrams across India and other countries.

Under the leadership of Mastana Balochistani, 25 Ashrams were established in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan, where Naam method of Meditation was taught to the followers who accepted three principles for the rest of their life: No consumption of meat, egg or gelatin, no consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco etc. and no adultery or illicit sex. He also laid the foundation of the main ashram in 1948 and coined the expression “Dhan Dhan Satguru Tera Hi Asra” (Blessed are you the true guru, you are my shelter) widely used by the Dera.

Shah Satnam Singh led the Dera from 1963 to 1990. He was succeeded by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 1990, who established many more ashrams and made Dera a much more visible organisation.

The current leader, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who claimed to have over 60 million followers worldwide is a controversial figure in India and was convicted of rape and accused of murder.

It was 25 August, 2017 when a special CBI court in the city of Panchkula, Haryana, found him guilty of raping two Dera female followers. Afterward, the special CBI court sentenced Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for a period of 20-year prison term on 28 August 2017.

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