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Haryana to review Honeypreet’s request to meet jailed Gurmeet Ram Rahim

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Chandigarh: The ruling BJP in Haryana seems to be favouring accused in the Panchkula violence, Honeypreet Insan, to meet her foster father and jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted in August 2017 for raping two of his disciples and is now seeking parole. A Punjab Minister said it is her right to meet Ram Rahim.

The meeting between Ram Rahim and Honeypreet could create law and order problem in the state. The police in its report to the jail authorities did not favour the meeting.

State Home Minister Anil Vij on Monday said here “every person has the equal right to meet the convict and the law can’t stop anyone from meeting that person”.

“The government is taking legal opinion on the application of Honeypreet to meet Ram Rahim and if there is no issue, she can meet him,” he told the media. But no decision has been taken on the issue so far.

The self-styled godman, who has a huge following in this region, had earlier sought a parole of 42 days for tending the sprawling fields in his sect’s headquarters in Sirsa town, some 250 km from the state capital, but was declined owing to law and order problem with his release.

A court in Panchkula earlier granted bail to Honeypreet Insan in the case of violence after the self-styled godman’s sentence.

Her bail comes days after the trial court dropped sedition charges against Honeypreet and 35 other accused. She is currently staying in sect’s headquarters.

Ram Rahim was sentenced in August 2017 to 20 years in jail for raping two women.

A special CBI court in Panchkula in January also sentenced him and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist over 16 years ago.

The 51-year-old is currently lodged in the high-security Sunaria jail in Rohtak.

Ram Rahim was patronised by political leaders and parties of Punjab and Haryana for nearly two decades due to his ability to shift votes of his followers.

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Elderly couple found dead murdered with throats slit in Lucknow

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Lucknow: An elderly couple was found dead murdered in their residence here with their throats slit under Saadatganj police station limit on Thursday.

Additional Director General (Lucknow Zone) S.N. Sabat said Hilal Ahmad (70), who owned chikankari stores, and his wife Bilkis (65) had been living in the rented house in Saadatganj area for over 30 years.

The couple has a daughter, Sehar, who is a dentist and lives in Australia.

Sabat said: “Surgical gloves and tea cups have been seized from the scene. It indicates the possibility of an acquaintance being involved in the double murder. The motive though is not clear yet.”

Forensic experts have said that more than two persons, who were familiar to the place, had visited the couple. They ruled out a robbery attempt.

Inspector General (Lucknow Range) S.K. Bhagat said the couple’s throats had been slit with sharp-edged weapons, which required a certain degree of physical proximity and hence, indicated the possibility of acquaintances being involved.

Shakur, who lives in the neighbourhood and owns a medicine store, told reporters he had neither heard screams nor did he see any stranger go in or come out of the house.

“I saw the door to Ahmad’s house wide open. I sent Salim (of Dabeerudaullah Phatak in Chaupatiya) inside. He saw the bodies and we informed the police,” Shakur said.

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