Police on Tuesday questioned Sher Singh alias Shera and Deep Sidhu in the alleged murder case of Himachal Pradesh chief minister’s wife’s nephew Akansh Sen. Sources said both of them have denied witnessing the murder in which a BMW ran over Sen and claimed that they were inside Sidhu’s house. Their final statements are yet to be recorded, sources said.
They were called to the Sector-3 police station at 1.30 pm, but had to return since the SHO Poonam Dilawri was at the district court. They were again called at 3pm and were questioned till late evening.
Shera is reported to have told the police that after Sen left Sidhu’s residence to go to Rajan’s place in Sector 18, he slept in Sidhu’s room and claimed to be unaware of the happenings outside. He also told the police that he woke up after hearing noises outside and when he got out of the house, he saw Adamya Singh Rathore and Rajan Pupneja, Sen’s cousins, making someone sit inside a car. He added that he couldn’t understand the scene and tried to chase them in his car, but lost the vehicle. “I eventually went back and slept inside the house,” he claimed.
Sources said Sidhu claimed that he was inside the home and did not see anything. Sidhu is a national shot gun shooter and is son of Raja KS Sidhu, ex-international skeet shooter. Before the incident, the group had gathered at his house in Sector 9. Sidhu’s Tuesday statement contradicts records which show that he had called the PCR twice on Thursday early morning — the first at 4.30am, claiming that unidentified people were quarrelling outside his house. He also made a second call to the PCR after the incident, claiming that he heard loud noises outside his house.
However, according to his submission before the police on Tuesday, he did not witness the incident as he was inside his residence.
Senior police officials, including DIG Alok Kumar questioned the duo. There were indications, said sources, that the duo could turn approvers in the case.