Honeypreet Insan has been booked under charges of sedition and inciting violence
- The charges may be dropped owing to lack of substantial evidence
- Police claim that they did their best to collect evidence
- Police say that the Dera headquarters were unapproachable even to police
The sedition charges against Gurmeet Singh’s close aide Honeypreet Insan are likely to be dropped owing to the lack of substantial evidence against her and other Dera Sachcha Sauda followers.
Dera followers went on a rampage on August 25, 2017 after conviction of Gurmeet Singh in a rape case. It is alleged that Honeypreet Insan incited Dera followers for violence.
FIR against Honeypreet and 14 others had been registered under Sections 150, 153, 121, 121A, 120B of the Indian Penal Code and they are accused of waging war against the state.
She along with the fugitive Aditya Insan are accused of holding a meeting of Dera functionaries before the court verdict. It is alleged that the plot to incite violence was hatched during the meeting.
A court in Panchkula had dropped sedition charges against 53 Dera followers on February 19, 2018. The charges were dropped as the police couldn’t submit incriminating evidence including CCTV footage. The 53 accused were booked under a separate FIRs.
Though the police claimed that they did their best to collect evidence, they said that some parts of the Dera headquarters were inaccessible even to the police.
Panchkula Commissioner of Police A S Chawla told India Today that the cave (Gufa) was impenetrable. Hence, to go there and collect evidence was a tough task.
Commissioner Chawla said that there may have been attempts to destroy the evidence even before the police conducted a search operation.
DID HONEYPREET MASTERMIND THE VIOLENCE?
Panchkula Police Commissioner said that Honeypreet and Aditya Insan, the Dera spokesperson who is still at large, played an important role to incite people to indulge in violence.
He said that the police investigation is on and the police have done their best to gather evidence and bring facts on record.
Police claim that they have done their best to make the case against Honeypreet and Dera goons water-tight, but they mentioned that the police were helpless on the day of the violence as Dera supporters were armed with petrol bombs.