Known for being a relatively efficient force, the Chandigarh Police have failed to make a significant headway in high-profile crime cases in the recent past. Despite having made tall claims, the police did not taste much success.
Akansh murder case
On February 9, Akansh Sen, 28, a relative of Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, was allegedly run over by a BMW car in Sector 9. He later succumbed to his injuries at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).
Despite having identified both the accused — Balraj Singh Randhawa, 31, who was allegedly driving the car and co-accused Harmehtab Singh Rarewala alias Farid (32), who was allegedly sitting next to him — on the very first day, the cops are still clueless about the whereabouts of Randhawa. Rarewala was though arrested seven days after the murder but Randhawa continues to dodge the police till now. Despite pressuring the relatives of the accused, police failed to arrest Randhawa. Police finally have initiated proclaimed offender proceedings against him.
The police also failed to make any arrest in a case in which three men fired at a 40-year-old financier in Sector 45 on February 23 evening. The victim, identified as Karan Singh Pehalwan, was hit by two bullets and was admitted to PGIMER in a critical condition.
He is now out of danger. The victim resides in Sector 46 and owns a shop in Burail. He hails from Kurukshetra. The assailants had opened fire in the busy market and were captured in CCTV cameras installed nearby.
Despite getting a number of CCTV footages, the city police are yet to trace the accused. A senior police officer said, “We are very close to arrest them as we have identified almost all the accused”.
Burglary at Sec-20 computer store
Two burglars allegedly decamped with Rs 4.25 lakh and about 40 laptops from a store in the Sector-20 computer market in the wee hours on February 25.
Despite burglars being captured in the CCTV cameras installed at the shop, cops have failed to trace them.
December gang rape
The gangrape of a 21-year-old call centre employee in the heart of Chandigarh on December 12 last year shamed the city. Even after over two months, the police are clueless about the whereabouts of the second accused who along with an auto-rickshaw driver was party to the crime. The police had arrested the auto-rickshaw driver in December.
Two men carjacked a Mercedes C-class car of a businessman, Sukhdev Singh Chadha (40), from the Sector 15 market in September last year. The police are yet to crack the case.