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Haryana police release list of 'wanted' in Dera violence

The Haryana police have released a list of over 40 people, who are wanted in connection with the violence that shook Panchkula on August 25, after Sirsa -based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted on two counts of rape of female followers.

The list of 43 accused released alongwith their photographs by the police has the name of Dera chief's adopted daughter Honeypreet on the top, besides that of Dera spokesperson Aditya Insan even as the hunt for these accused continues.

Earlier, a lookout notice was issued against Honeypreet Insan and Aditya Insan, who have been on the run since the violence.

Haryana Director General of Police B. S. Sandhu on Monday said that the names in the list could increase as the investigation into the entire episode was under way.

"We are in touch with the police of other States to track Honeypreet and Aditya Insan," he said.

Sandhu said the Special Investigating Team arrested Pradeep Goyal Insan, a Dera functionary, on Sunday from Udaipur in Rajasthan. Also, Prakash alias Vicky, who is the brother-in-law of Aditya Insan, was also arrested from Mohali, he added.

Haryana witnessed deadly violence by Dera Sacha Sauda followers after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in the rape cases by the special CBI court on August 25, leaving 41 people dead and injuring over 250 in Haryana.

While appealing to the public to share information regarding the accused, the police have assured that identity of those sharing the information will be kept secret.

The list of accused, which has been put on the website of the Haryana police, mentions names of Honeypreet and Aditya Insan, while photographs of all other accused are without name as the police has yet to identify them.

Meanwhile a special CBI court in Panchkula continued its hearing of the arguments in a murder case of Ranjit Singh against Gurmeet Ram Rahim on Monday. The hearing of another murder case of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati against the Dera chief has been slated for September 22.