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BMW hit-and-run case: Chandigarh cops visited spot an hour before crime

Even as the accused in the murder case of Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s relative Akansh Sen, 28, continue to evade the police for the third day after committing the crime, it has now emerged that nearly an hour before the incident, a police control room (PCR) team had visited the spot.

punjab Updated: Feb 13, 2017 12:12 IST
Arvind Chhabra
The road in Sector 9 where the murder took place.
The road in Sector 9 where the murder took place.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

Even as the accused in the murder case of Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s relative Akansh Sen, 28, continue to evade the police for the third day after committing the crime, it has now emerged that nearly an hour before the incident, a police control room (PCR) team had visited the spot.

However, the cops returned after they were told everything was fine and the issue had been resolved.

This has raised questions over whether the PCR team came back prematurely.

Sources say that Deep Sidhu, a national shooter who resides in house number 165 in Sector 9, had reported a quarrel ‘outside my house’ to the police control room about 4.30am, an hour before the crime.

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A senior police officer told Hindustan Times that it’s true that the PCR gypsy went to the spot but what exactly transpired isn’t known. “All I can say is that the complainants sought no action and our team came back,” the officer added. Three days after the incident, blood stains are still visible at the spot in the posh sector where the alleged murder took place.

FROM HARD-DISC SNAG TO ACCIDENTAL SWITCH-OFF

There are CCTV cameras all around, but curiously, none of the cameras could capture the incident. Even the neighbours did not hear any noise as the group of youngsters indulged in quarrel before Sen was run over by the BMW. “Our hard disc developed a snag,” says advocate Lalit Suri, who lives a few yards from the crime scene. “Unfortunately, the hard disc malfunctioned. All our CCTV cameras are on the same hard discs.”

The area where the incident happened is among the most affluent parts of the city. The altercation began outside Sidhu’s house as per the FIR.

The house, like other houses in the area, is spread over 2,000 square yards (four kanals) and is opposite Carmel Convent School.

Sen was murdered in front of house number 164 that is owned by Dr BS Jogi, former V-C of Himachal Pradesh University. CCTV cameras are installed in this house as well.

Jogi is 96 and says that it’s just a coincidence that he turned off his CCTV cameras by mistake that night. “I wanted to switch off the heater but by mistake ended up turning-off the CCTV cameras as well,” he told HT. Jogi, who was also agriculture director with Himachal Pradesh government, says he turned the cameras on the next morning.

Both Jogi and Suri say they did not hear any noise. They also did not notice any activity that night, even as, by all accounts, a brawl did take place and a PCR van was called. The police had approached the two neighbours.

MISHANDLING OF HIGH-PROFILE CASES : UT COPS FLOUNDER AGAIN

With UT police failing to make any arrests in the case, it is not for the first time that the cops have faced flak for their incompetence in handling high-profile cases. The list of such cases runs long.

PREVIOUS CASES
  • Sippy Sidhu murder (Sept 2015): A lawyer and a national-level shooter, Sippy Sidhu was shot dead in a Sector 27 park in September 2015. After the police failed to make any headway, especially after a judge’s daughter being named as accused, the victim’s family lashed out at the police. The case is now with the CBI.
  • Neha Ahlawat Case (July 2010) : The young MBA student was found murdered in Sector 38 in July 2010. With the police making no breakthrough six-and-a-half years later, even the family sees no hope.
  • Sham Mall owner murder (May 2009): Amarjit Singh Khurana was gunned down in Sec 35 in May 2009. First, the UT police and then CBI probed the case. Unable to trace the culprits, CBI filed a closure report, but blamed the UT police for lapses.
  • Dimpy murder (July 2006): One of the tricity’s most sensational cases took place in July 2006. Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy, a gangster facing charges of contract killing and abduction, was gunned down by two motorcycle-borne assailants near the Lake Club. The police arrested gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh, alias Rocky, but the court acquitted him hitting out at the police for shoddy investigation.
  • Snehalaya Case (February this Year): The cops booked city mayor Asha Jaswal for trespass into the children’s home last week. BJP is slamming the police for haste in registering an FIR, the Opposition is hitting out at cops for inaction.

“We have given up on the police now,” says Neha Alhawat’s dejected father Rajbir singh Ahlawat.

Neha was found murdered in Sector 38 in July 2010.“The cops did not have the intent to crack the case.”

“It’s surprising the UT police are not able to solve these cases. Officers are largely on deputation and shouldn’t be easy to influence,” says advocate DS Saroya, who, as a PCS officer, had held key positions in UT and Punjab.