NEW DELHI: A woman in a hijab walks briskly on a road in Delhi in security footage believed to be of Honeypreet Insan, the missing “adopted daughter” of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The video is from a CCTV near the home of a lawyer who claims the 36-year-old came to him for help with her court petition seeking protection from arrest. A neighbour reportedly handed over the footage to the police.
At 7 am this morning, a police team arrived at a bungalow in Greater Kailash II in south Delhi in search of Honeypreet. She was not found in the house reportedly owned by Ram Rahim, who lived an outrageously flashy lifestyle before being sent to jail last month for raping two disciples.
“If she does not surrender by October 30, she will be declared a proclaimed offender,” Panchkula police chief AS Chawla told NDTV.
Honeypreet was last seen on August 25, when she accompanied Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a special chopper taking him to a Rohtak jail after his conviction by a Panchkula court.
She has been charged with conspiracy to help Ram Rahim escape, and has been hunted by the police in Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar and all the way to the border with Nepal.
Sources said the police are also searching other places near Delhi for the Ram Rahim aide.
Honeypreet, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja, has also been accused of sedition and inciting violence; 38 people were killed on August 25 in violence and arson by mobs of Dera supporters in Panchkula and other cities in Haryana.
Yesterday, a court in Panchkula issued arrest warrants against Honeypreet and two other close aides of Ram Rahim – Aditya Insan and Pawan Insan.
The Haryana Police had earlier sounded an international alert against all three.
Honeypreet, who calls herself “Papa’s Angel” on social media, has been by Ram Rahim’s side since 2009. She has also starred with him in five films that he directed and produced over the years.
Last week, Honeypreet’s former husband, Vishwas Gupta, accused her and Ram Rahim of an affair and alleged that their father-daughter relationship was a sham.
Ram Rahim has been sentenced to 20 years in jail after being found guilty of raping two followers in his lavish ashram in Sirsa.