Chandigarh: Jailed Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan has gone into a hiding. Police have now issued a lookout notice against Honeypreet, who is accused of hatching the ‘escape plan’ of Ram Rahim on August 25 after he was handed over a 20-year jail term for raping two of his disciples.
The Haryana police managed to whisk away Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh from the special CBI court in Panchkula to the Rohtak jail only after thwarting an alleged bid by his securitymen to free him.
However, an alert team led by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sumit Kumar foiled the bid by the godman’s commandos to escape with the Dera chief, according to a senior Haryana police official.
Speaking to reporters in Gurgaon, Inspector General of Police (IGP) K K Rao said that as soon as the self-styled godman was convicted, he demanded a red bag that he had brought along from Sirsa.
“The Dera chief demanded the bag, saying his clothes were in it. It was actually a signal for his men to spread the news of his conviction among supporters so that they could resort to causing disturbance”, Rao said.
He said that as the bag was taken out of the vehicle, sounds of teargas shells being lobbed about 2-3 km from the site were heard.
“It was then that we understood that there was some meaning behind the signal”, the Haryana police IG claimed.
And what made senior police officials even more suspicious was that Ram Rahim Singh and his adopted daughter kept standing in the Panchkula court complex corridor for a long time even when they were not supposed to do so, he said.
“They were trying to gain time before sitting in the vehicle so that their men could spread the message that he was moving from the court. They were told that you cannot stand here. The mob was about 2-3 km and could have moved closer whenever it wanted to cause violence in Sector 1 as casualties could have been more,” the senior police official said.