Come back Honeypreet and surrender, relatives appeal as ex-husband seeks police protection

Two days after the Delhi High Court dismissed petition for transit anticipatory bail of Honeypreet Insan of the Dera Sacha Sauda, her relatives today said that she should surrender before the Haryana police.

On the other hand, Honeypreet’s former husband Vishwas Gupta today approached police in Karnal seeking protection. Vishwas Gupta claimed that there is threat to his life.

Honeypreet has been on the run since August 25 when Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted for rape of two sadhvis in a 15-year-old sexual exploitation case and sent to Rohtak jail. Several teams of Haryana police have conducted searches at various places including Delhi in order to arrest Honeypreet.

Speaking to India Today at Sirsa in Haryana, Honeypreet’s cousin Vijay Taneja appealed to her “to surrender and come back (from her hiding place)”.

Vijay Taneja also said that all the allegations against Honeypreet are wrong. “All the allegations against her are wrong. She is my sister and it’s painful to hear all this (as he started crying on camera). I used to visit the Dera till 2002. Honeypreet’s bungalow was close to Ram Rahim’s gufa.”

Honeypreet’s Ashok Babbar too appealed to her to surrender. Speaking to AajTak, Ashok Babbar said, “I was stunned to know about the relation between Ram Rahim and Honeypreet,” adding that he had not met her after her marriage to Vishwas Gupta. “It has been 17-18 years,” Babbar said.

Ashok Babbar also said that he used to meet Honeypreet’s parents regularly at the Dera. Honeypreet’s parents lived inside the Dera premises at Sirsa. However, they are also untraceable since conviction of Ram Rahim and disappearance of Honeypreet.

Earlier this week, Honeypreet’s lawyer told the court while moving the anticipatory bail plea that she could be produced in court in two hours. Lawyer’s claim gave rise to speculation that Honeypreet could be hiding somewhere in Delhi. Sighting of a burqa-clad woman near lawyer’s office further fueled the speculation.

Haryana police have conducted raids at various places in Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, along Nepal-India border and also in Delhi but they have failed to locate Honeypreet.