Haryana po­lice fail to ar­rest dera chief aide Vi­pas­sana

Cops grilled her, but are mum on why she was let off; Panchkula po­lice that had got war­rants is­sued sends team to Sirsa; no clar­ity on ar­rest

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - Bhaskar Mukher­jee bhaskar.mukher­jee@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH: Haryana Po­lice on Wed­nes­day ques­tioned a aide of jailed rape con­vict, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, but let her go de­spite a stand­ing ar­rest war­rant against her from a Panchkula court. Vi­pas­sana, the chair­per­son of the sect head­quar­ters near Sirsa in Haryana, was ques­tioned in Sirsa for nearly five hours after she ap­peared be­fore them fol­low­ing summons be­ing is­sued.

SIRSA:Two months after she went into hiding and the Panchkula Po­lice got an ar­rest war­rant is­sued against Vi­pas­sana In­san, the ad­min­is­tra­tor of Dera Sacha Sauda, on De­cem­ber 2, she made a dra­matic ap­pear­ance be­fore a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) of the Sirsa po­lice on Wed­nes­day about 1.30pm.

The Sirsa SIT, that DSP Ajay Sharma heads, how­ever, re­leased her after a five-hour ques­tion­ing. This de­spite the fact that the ar­rest war­rants had also been served in the dera.

“She was called for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the Au­gust 25 Panchkula violence case,” said the DSP. On why she was al­lowed to leave and not ar­rested, he was eva­sive, but said, “We had in­formed the Panchkula po­lice.”

Pre­vi­ously, the Sirsa and the Panchkula Po­lice had also launched a joint hunt for her.

On Wed­nes­day’s ap­pear­ance, sources in the SIT said re­cently, they had vis­ited the dera to search for Vi­pas­sana and had asked the man­age­ment to tell her to ‘join in­ves­ti­ga­tion’.

Now, re­li­able sources said Vi­pas­sana had reached back in­side the dera. SP Si­mardeep Singh did not re­spond to re­peated calls.

Panchkula DCP Man­bir Singh said that a team was sent soon after Sirsa SP in­formed about Vi­pas­sana’s ap­pear­ance, but he was eva­sive on the ques­tion of her im­me­di­ate ar­rest.

“She is wanted by us for her role in in­cit­ing violence in Panchkula. We will take ac­tion,” he said.

“Talk to the Panchkula Po­lice, they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case,” said Haryana DGP BS Sandhu when asked on the lack of clar­ity over Vi­pas­sana’s ar­rest.

(with in­puts from

Vivek Gupta)

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