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Akansh murder case: Main eyewitness identifies accused

Eye-witness Pupneja confirmed Rarewala was in the BMW car that ran over Sen in the residential area of Sector 9 on February 9, 2017.

punjab Updated: Sep 02, 2018 12:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Akansh Sen(HT File )

One of the main eye witnesses in the Akansh Sen murder case has identified accused Harmehtab Singh Rarewala in court, and confirmed that Rarewala, the lone arrest in the case, was present in the BMW car that ran over Sen in February 2017.

Rajan Pupneja, is one of the chief eye-witnesses, as he is the co-owner of Boombox Café, Sector 9, that the deceased, Akansh Sen, was a partner of.

Recording his statement in court on Saturday, Pupneja confirmed Rarewala was in the BMW car that ran over Sen in the residential area of Sector 9 on February 9, 2017.

Earlier, two eye-witnesses Adamya Rathore and Karanyog Riar had also identified Rarewala in court while recording their statements. The three eye-witnesses had reportedly taken Sen to PGIMER following the attack.

Harmehtab Singh Rarewala alias Farid, and Balraj Singh Randhawa are the two accused in the case. Arrested on February 16, 2017, Rarewala is in custody and has been charged with murder, while Randhawa is absconding and has been declared proclaimed offender by court.

Rarewala is the grandson of the erstwhile PEPSU chief minister, Gian Singh Rarewala, while Randhawa is the son of a former sarpanch of Fatehgarh Sahib. The victim, Akansh Sen, was the nephew of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s wife.

The duo had allegedly hit Sen with their BMW car in an inebriated condition and crushed him under the car’s wheels. The incident took place after an altercation between two groups involving the accused and the deceased.

Ramanjit Kaur, mother of Randhawa, had sought a CBI probe alleging harassment by UT police. After the UT requested the agency to conduct the investigation, the latter denied, stating that the local police were competent enough to probe the matter. Hence, they should continue with it. The Punjab and Haryana high court had in August told CBI to reason why it rejected the recommendation.

First Published: Sep 02, 2018 12:24 IST