The mystery behind the murder of Akansh Sen, nephew of Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who was run over by a BMW car on February 9 is gradually unfolding.
Sen, who had only recently opened a restaurant Boom Box Cafe in Sector-9, became a victim to the tiff over women that started months ago and that turned violent between two friends — Sher Singh Shera and Harmehtab Singh Rarewala alias Farid, say police sources.
Sen was friends with Shera, a businessman and had been arguing in his favour, sometimes heatedly, with the accused on the night of the murder (February 9).
Shera and Rarewala had been brought face-to-face on night of February 9 by a common friend Deep Sidhu, a national shooter, who stays in Sector 9.
Sen (28) had succumbed to injuries after he was run over by a BMW car driven by main accused Balraj Singh Randhawa, a lawyer, with Rarewala sitting next to him. While Rarewala has been arrested, Randhawa is still absconding. The BMW car was recovered on Monday.
The police broadly knew that Shera and Rarewala had a tiff, but what triggered the animosity wasn’t known.
- Why and how Sen ended up getting killed? Was it planned or intentional? Police are still probing. The accused are calling it accident
- Actual cause of death, as this could be critical to the final outcome of the case
- Where is main accused Balraj Randhawa?
- How come all cameras around the place of accident didn’t work on that particular day?
Trip to Manali started it
It all started with a trip to Manali a few months ago, says a senior police official. Shera and Rarewala went to Manali with three women. However, the women refused to tag along with Shera and all three preferred to stay with Rarewala, say police sources.
A sulking Shera went away first, but then came back.
He blamed Rarewala for all ‘humiliation’, and thrashed him so badly that Rarewala had to be hospitalised for several days in Manali. The enmity didn’t end there.
Seeking to avenge the thrashing a few weeks later, Rarewala called Shera to his farmhouse in Landran. It was Shera’s turn to be at the receiving end now. Rarewala was waiting with his aides who gave Shera a sound beating. Rarewala also made a video after forcing Shera to undress, as has been reported by HT earlier.
When a group of people including Sen, Shera and Rarewela got together at Deep Sidhu’s place in Sector 9 on the fateful night, the argument between Shera and Rarewala resurfaced. Shera accused Rarewala of being “unfair” to him first in Manali and then by getting Shera thrashed.
When the matter threatened to get out of hand, Sidhu, who had even called up the police control room, told all to disperse. However, they re-emerged. This time, the matter did get out of hand and culminated in the murder of Sen.
Police sources say there are still some loose ends in the story and they hope to connect these when they take the accused to Manali and other places.