Not satisfied with the police investigation, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday demanded formation of a special investigation team (SIT) for proper probe in the case involving the death of his wife’s nephew Akansh Sen (28) after two SAS Nagar-based youths allegedly ran a BMW over him early Thursday morning.
The police are yet to nab the accused — Balraj Singh Randhawa (26) of Sohana and Har Mehtab Singh Gill (27) of Landran in SAS Nagar — who are on the run even as they claimed to have carried out raids at several places.
The UT police claimed to issued lookout notices so that the accused don’t escape out of the country. Deputy superintendent of police (DSP Central) Ram Gopal said, “We have issued look-out notices to all airports. Our forensic team has also collected all evidences from the crime scene. The accused will be nabbed soon.”
Sources said one of the accused was to go abroad next month. Akansh, who co-owned a restaurant, BoomBox Cafe, in Sector 9 in the city, reportedly had a tiff with the two at one of their common friends’ house in the same sector on Wednesday night. Akansh succumbed to head injuries at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Science and Research (PGIMER) on Friday evening. The police said CCTV cameras installed at nearby houses of the spot were defunct and they could not procure the footage of the incident.
UT COPS WORKING AT SLOW PACE, SAYS HP CM
Talking to mediapersons outside Himachal Bhawan, Sector 28, Virbhadra alleged that the police were working at a slow pace than expected. “The accused should have been behind the bars by now as they were identified the same day of the murder. An SIT should be formed in the case.”
Virbhadra’s son and Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress president Vikramaditya Singh too slammed the UT police. “UT police have disappointed us. This is a pre-planned murder. The post-mortem report will clear the picture but doctors are also suspecting the use of a weapon in the murder. It’s been more than 48 hours and the accused are still at large. This is due to some influential links the accused have.”
“We have learnt that the accused are planning to fly abroad and therefore a red-corner notice should be issued immediately”. A red-corner notice, however, is typically circulated by the Interpol on behalf of one country to another to arrest and deport the wanted individual.
GUV PROMISED FAIR PROBE: VIKRAMADITYA
Vikramaditya said UT administrator and Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore has assured them of a fair probe in the case. He said that the Himachal CM will also talk to Union home minister Rajnath Singh in this regard.
DSP Ram Gopal said, “We are conducting raids at all possible hideouts of the accused.”
A four-member panel comprising Dr SP Mandal (forensic medicine), Dr BD Radotra (histopathology), Dr Dandapani (neurosurgery) and Dr Sandeep Flora (medical officer) was formed to conduct post-mortem of the deceased. The committee has submitted its preliminary report and will file the final report next week.
The post-mortem started at around 10:45am and continued till 1pm. It was video-recorded. Viscera samples were sent to the central forensic laboratory, sources said. A doctor said, “There were injury marks on the deceased’s head. There were no visible injury marks anywhere else on the body.”