BMW hit-and-run: Accused Rarewala sent to 3-day police remand
A local court on Sunday sent Harmehtab Singh Rarewala, alias Farid (32), co-accused in the BMW hit-and-run case involving the death of Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s relative Akansh Sen, to three-day police remand.punjab Updated: Feb 20, 2017 12:31 IST
A local court on Sunday sent Harmehtab Singh Rarewala, alias Farid (32), co-accused in the BMW hit-and-run case involving the death of Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s relative Akansh Sen, to three-day police remand.
Police, however, had requested the court for seven-day remand. Farid’s defence counsel contested the police theory that Akansh was crushed under the BMW car.
“Akansh was not crushed under the tyre of the BMW as alleged by the complainant. He suffered a head injury after he fell on the road,” defence counsel Vishal Deep Goyal told the court.
He said that there are contradictions in the first information report (FIR) and medical report of the deceased.
Goyal claimed, “As per the post-mortem report, there is only one injury at the back of the deceased’s head. If a tyre of BMW car had crushed him, there should have been multiple fractures on his head which is not the case. Akansh came in front of the car to stop the accused. He was there with his friends and was carrying baseball bats. Scared, Balraj tried to escape after which Akansh was hit on his legs and he fell on the ground and suffered head injuries. Everything happened in self-defence.”
The police sought extension of remand, maintaining that they need to travel to Bengaluru where Farid allegedly left his mobile phone and SIM card to dodge cops about his location.
Sector-3 station house officer (SHO) Poonam Dilawri told the court that Farid must be knowing about the whereabouts of key accused Balraj Singh Randhawa. She said they are yet to recover the car used in crime.
During his earlier three-day remand, the police claimed to have travelled to nine cities in Punjab, including Ludhiana and Fazilka, to trace Balraj.
Farid is constantly changing his statements about the possible whereabouts of Balraj.
Key accused Balraj still absconding
Balraj Singh Randhawa, accused of running his BMW over Akansh Sen, is still absconding. As many as 27 teams of UT police are carrying out raids at his possible hideouts to arrest him.
Sources said he is hiding in Punjab and the police are putting pressure on his relatives to know the whereabouts of the accused.
Akansh (28) had succumbed to his injuries at the PGIMER on February 10, a day after he was run over by the BMW car.