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BMW hit-and-run: 27 police teams conducting raids to nab Randhawa

Chandigarh Police on Friday claimed as many as 27 teams of cops are raiding possible hideouts to arrest Balraj Singh Randhawa, accused of running over Akansh Sen, 28, following an altercation on February 9.

punjab Updated: Feb 18, 2017 16:42 IST
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Balraj Singh Randhawa is accused of running over Akansh Sen with his BMW following an altercation on February 9.
Balraj Singh Randhawa is accused of running over Akansh Sen with his BMW following an altercation on February 9.(HT File Photo)

Chandigarh Police on Friday claimed as many as 27 teams of cops are raiding possible hideouts to arrest Balraj Singh Randhawa, accused of running over Akansh Sen, 28, following an altercation on February 9.

“We are yet to recover the vehicle used in the crime. We received a tip-off that the accused is hiding in Punjab. We are going to question his relatives to get leads about his whereabouts,” said police.

With the arrest of co-accused Harmehtab Singh Rarewala, alias Farid, on Thursday, police were expecting to get clues about Randhawa’s whereabouts. Farid was in the passenger seat of the BMW allegedly being driven by Randhawa.

Randhawa had left to drop a friend

Police sources said Randhawa had left to drop a female friend to her residence and had returned to Deep Sidhu’s house in Sector 9 to pick up Harmehtab Singh Rarewala, alias Farid, on that fateful day.

Police said after partying at various clubs in the city, a group of 11 people gathered at the house of Deep Sidhu, a national shotgun shooter.

“After partying at S Café and Bar and F Bar, both in Sector 26, and Boom Box Café in Sector 9 (owned by Sen), they all gathered at Sidhu’s house in Sector 9. The old rivals Sher Singh Shera (Sen’s friend) and Farid allegedly could not refrain themselves from indulging into another heated argument at Sidhu’s house,” said a police official.

A senior official claimed that Sen also entered into heated altercation with Farid at Deep’s house. “He confronted Farid and asked him not to abuse Shera. Looking at the tensed situation, Deep asked the guests to leave. Randhawa went to drop a female friend at her residence. Jaskiran Singh, another friend of the deceased, went to drop the other two female friends. Situation could have been different in case Randhawa had not returned for Farid that morning,” said police.

Sources said Shera again had heated arguments with Farid, following which Sidhu contacted the police control room at 4:30am, claiming that unidentified people were quarrelling outside his house. When police reached at the spot, Sidhu claimed that things were settled and he sought no action.

At 4:45 am, Sen went to the house of his friend Rajan Pupneja in Sector 18. Later, he decided to go back to Sector 9 and bring along Shera with him, thinking the group might quarrel again.

When Sen reached there around 5:15 am, Randhawa had already returned there. In what followed, the accused allegedly ran over Sen before fleeing.

Slept at common friend’s house

Sources said Farid told the police that after the alleged murder, they slept at a common friend’s house. Farid claimed Randhawa left before he woke. Farid, according to the sources, went to the airport and fled to Bengaluru. He got the news of Sen’s death there from a friend, following which he travelled to Goa, Gurugram and Delhi. Farid claimed he never contacted Randhawa after the incident.

Police also questioned Shera and Sidhu on Friday to join the dots in the investigation. Meanwhile, police are still investigating the allegation pertaining to deceased’s cousin Adamya Singh Rathore pointing gun at Randhawa.