Priyanka Taneja alias Honeypreet, the adopted daughter of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was arrested by a Haryana Police team that intercepted the vehicle she was travelling in on the Zirakpur-Patiala road Tuesday afternoon. Facing the sedition charge, in connection with the violence that led to the death of 41 people in Panchkula and Sirsa following the conviction of Singh on rape charges, Honeypreet was on the run for the last 38 days.
Sources said that a team of Haryana Police, led by an IG-ranked officer, has started questioning her at the Chandimandir police station in Panchkula. She is expected to be produced on Wednesday in a local court, where police have strengthened security.
Honeypreet was last spotted in public as she accompanied Singh in a helicopter from Panchkula to a jail in Rohtak after a CBI court held him guilty on August 25. A case was registered against her on August 26 on charges of sedition for inciting violence in Panchkula and Sirsa. Panchkula police had later issued a lookout notice and procured an arrest warrant in her name.
Haryana Police sources said that when a Special Investigation Team (SIT), led by ACP Mukesh Kumar, intercepted Honeypreet, she was travelling with another woman. Haryana DGP B S Sandhu said, “We have arrested Honeypreet, and further investigations are on.”
Panchkula police commissioner A S Chawla said, “The SIT received a specific input that Honeypreet was travelling on that road. Since she was rounded up from an area that falls under the jurisdiction of Punjab Police, we informed them before taking her in custody.” Chawla said, “She was on the run for over 30 days. Those who helped her or provided shelter during this period will face legal action. We are also probing the role of the woman who was travelling with her.”