The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has questioned Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh over a complaint filed by Hansraj Chauhan, alleging that the former castrated around 400 of his followers at his Sirsa ashram.
Former Dera follower Chauhan had claimed in a petition that he and 400 others were castrated by doctors at the Sirsa ashram on Ram Rahim’s command. The CBI initiated probe in the matter on a directive, issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2014.
Earlier, police arrested two close aides of the Dera chief to find that their testicles had been removed. The probe agency had also recorded statements of two doctors for their alleged role in carrying out forced castrations. Singh is currently serving a 20-year sentence at Rohtak prison after a Haryana court held him guilty in a rape case.
Meanwhile, the Haryana Police on Wednesday carried out searches at Jangirana village of Bathinda in its attempt to find the missing mobile of Honeypreet Insan, the ‘adopted’ daughter of jailed Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
According to sources in the police, Honeypreet had stayed in Jangirana village for five days. Her hideout during this period was the house of one Gurmeet Singh who is a relative of the Dera chief’s driver Iqbal Singh.
When the police reached the village to look for Honeypreet’s missing mobile, Gurmeet Singh’s daughter-in-law was present at the house. She told the police that a woman stayed at their house for five days but the minute the family realised that she was the absconding Honeypreet Insan, they asked her to leave.
Police searched the house but did not find anything. As per sources, Honeypreet’s phone was hidden in this village. Haryana Police carried out the searches with the help of the local Nandgarh police.
According to sources, police now plans to take Honeypreet to Rajasthan where she spent a few days during her 38-day hide and seek. Honeypreet visited her brother’s in-laws in Hanumangarh and stayed at their house between August 27 and August 28. She stayed at a Dera follower’s house in Sangaria on August 30. Later, she was spotted at a shopping mall in Udaipur on September 2.
In another development, police officials told Panchkula court on Tuesday that Haryana Police’s SIT team, which is probing the Panchkula violence, has got important leads from Honeypreet Insan during her interrogation.
Honeypreet told the SIT team that she prepared the guide maps of Panchkula, where violence broke out on August 25 after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in twin rape cases. At least 38 people were killed in the violence and several were injured.
Honeypreet and her aide, Sukhdeep Kaur, was produced in a Panchkula court and remanded in three days’ police custody on Tuesday. The police had sought their custody extension for nine days.
The three-day custody extension of Honeypreet, the ‘adopted daughter’ of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was granted for the recovery of a laptop, in which names and other details of people who were the part of a meeting inside the dera in Sirsa on August 17 are stored and two cellphones, including one in which a video message from the dera head was made and circulated.