In the first major breakthrough in the Akansh murder case, co-accused Harmehtab Singh Rarewala alias Farid (32) was arrested from Haridwar at 3am on Thursday. Rarewala was in the passenger seat of the BMW that ran over cafe owner Sen in the wee hours of Thursday (February 9). The main accused Balraj Singh Randhawa (31) of Sohana, who is alleged be on the wheel, is absconding.
Addressing a press conference at the police head-quarter in Sector 9, SSP Eish Singhal said, “A crime branch team nabbed the accused while he was heading to an ashram in the wee hours of Thursday. He was alone when arrested.”
He added that Rarewala took care not to use credit or debit cards and mobile phone, all of which would have given away his location to the police.
“Rarewala travelled to Bangalore, Gurugram and Delhi. We are yet to arrest the second accused and we will question him to his whereabouts and also on the BWW used in the crime,” the SSP added.
Police claimed that after partying at various clubs in the city, a group of 11 people including girls gathered at the house of Deep Sidhu.
“We are presuming that a few were drunk and investigating this angle. The root cause of the murder seems to be an old enmity of Shera Singh alias Shera (deceased Sen’s friend) with Rarewala. Previously, they quarreled twice. On February 9, they met through common friends and again entered into an heated argument at Deep Sidhu’s house. We are investigating if any of the group members was carrying a pistol,” he added.
This angle is being probed as Rarewala has emerged that the has told the police that the deceased Sen was carrying a pistol that he allegedly pointed at him (Rarewala). Rarewala has also claimed that Akansh was hit once and that Randhawa did not reverse the car.
Meanwhile, police claimed that 27 raiding parties have been sent to all possible hideouts of Randhawa, the main accused.
On February 9, Akansh Sen (28), nephew of the wife of Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, was crushed after a BMW driven by accused Randhawa ran over him outside the house of national shot gun shooter Deep Sidhu in Sector 9.