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Will witness identify killer in court?

THE IDENTIFICATION parade of Sunny Rawat, the man identified by Ganga Prasad, the driver of the Bhargavas, as the person who pulled the trigger on Mehar Bhargava, is likely to be held in court on Monday.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 00:48 IST
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THE IDENTIFICATION parade of Sunny Rawat, the man identified by Ganga Prasad, the driver of the Bhargavas, as the person who pulled the trigger on Mehar Bhargava, is likely to be held in court on Monday. The identification parade is important as for the police it is Sachin Pahadi who had fired at Mehar on February 28.

Interestingly, the Bhargavas have not been intimated about Monday’s parade. “We were given to understand that the identification would be carried out either on April 3 or after. So far, we are not sure whether it would be on Monday as there has been no communication to this effect,” a family member claimed.

Meanwhile, a police party that had been sent to Pithoragarh to track Sachin Pahadi returned empty-handed on Sunday. The police had claimed recently that Sachin Pahadi was hit in an encounter that took place recently at Kaiserbagh and that the criminal escaped due to the support of the people living in the locality.

With Sachin Pahadi still eluding the police, the identification of Sunny Rawat before the court is being considered important. It was Ganga Prasad who had identified Sunny Rawat as Mehar’s killer during an identification parade carried out by the police. The identification had given a new twist to the case. Till that time the Bhargavas were adamant that it was Amit Singh who shot Mehar while the police believed that it was Sachin Pahadi. But after Ganga Prasad identified Rawat, the case took a curious turn with the SSP Ashutosh Pandey unwilling to buy the Bhargava theory that Rawat was the main culprit. 

Rawat himself made the complex case even more complicated when after initially denying that he had shot at Mehar (he had then claimed that it was Sachin Pahadi) claimed that he was the one, the very next day.

And a couple of hours later, Rawat again backtracked, this time before the magistrate saying that the confession was extracted under duress.