New Delhi: A woman in a burqa walks briskly, a handbag dangling on one arm, 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 in Delhi's Lajpat Nagar, 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.
- Honeypreet Insan calls herself the adopted daughter of Gurmeet Ram Rahim
- Last seen with the jailed Dera chief soon after his conviction last month
- The 36-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to help Ram Rahim escape
The police are investigating lawyer Pradeep Arya's claim that Honeypreet Insan wants to surrender in Delhi, not Punjab or Haryana, because she fears a threat to her life from drug mafia there.
"If she does not surrender by October 30 she will be declared a proclaimed offender," Panchkula police chief AS Chawla told NDTV.
At 7 am this morning, a police team raided a bungalow in Greater Kailash-2 in south Delhi said to belong to Ram Rahim, a self-declared guru who had an outrageously flashy lifestyle before being sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two disciples.
Honeypreet Insan was last seen on August 25, when she accompanied 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 for weeks by the police in Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar and all the way to the border with Nepal.
Honeypreet Insan, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja, has also been accused of sedition and inciting violence; 38 people were killed in rioting by mobs of Dera supporters in Panchkula and other cities in Haryana on August 25.
Yesterday, a court in Panchkula issued arrest warrants against Honeypreet and two other aides of Ram Rahim - Aditya Insan and Pawan Insan.
The Haryana Police had earlier sounded an international alert against all three.
Honeypreet Insan, who calls herself "Papa's Angel" on social media, has been by Ram Rahim's side since 2009 and has co-starred with him in five films he made.
Last week, Honeypreet's former husband Vishwas Gupta alleged that the father-daughter relationship is a sham and the two are having an affair.