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Week after, first arrest made in Himachal CM nephew’s murder

Chandigarh, A day after his pre-arrest bail plea was dismissed and after remaining on the run for a week, Harmehtab Singh alias Farid was finally arrested on Thursday.
Farid was accompanying Balraj Singh Randhawa, who ran over Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s nephew, Akansh Sen, in a BMW car, leaving Sen dead in Sector 9 here on February 9. However, the main accused Randhawa is still at large.

Farid is the great grandson of former chief minister of PEPSU state Gian Singh Rarewale.
Confirming the development, a senior UT police officer told The Tribune that Farid was arrested during a raid in the wee hours of Thursday. Though it is learnt that Farid was nabbed from his friend’s flat, the police have not yet disclosed the location of arrest.
“He was hiding at a friend’s flat in Delhi. We had rounded up his cousin, who then led us to Delhi,” the police officer said.
Farid has been brought here and put under sustained interrogation at Crime Branch by UT DIG Alok Kumar, SSP Eish Singhal and other senior police officers.
Sen, 28, who ran Boom Box café in Sector 9, was run over by the BMW car thrice and had suffered 13 grievous injuries, leading to his death.
“With Farid’s arrest, we hope to nab Randhawa, who is a resident of Sector 77 near Sohana in Mohali, soon,” the police officer said.
UT District and Sessions Judge Balbir Singh, while dismissing Farid’s pre-arrest bail plea on Wednesday, had called Sen’s murder as a “heinous offence of serious nature, which leaves no ground for granting anticipatory bail”.


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