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Speeding Audi kills IAF officer leading R-Day rehearsal in Kolkata

The car, a brand new Audi, was allegedly being driven by the son of former RJD MLA and current TMC leader Mohammed Sohrab, police said.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: January 14, 2016 5:43 am
The car that knocked down the officer. Express Photo The car that knocked down the officer. Express Photo

An Air Force officer was killed during the Republic Day rehearsal parade here Wednesday after a speeding car smashed through the barricades and knocked him down. The car, a brand new Audi, was allegedly being driven by the son of former RJD MLA and current TMC leader Mohammed Sohrab, police said.

As per the police, the car tore through three guard rails on Red Road, which was closed for traffic, at about 6.30 am and ran over 21-year-old Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud, the Air Force drill instructor supervising the parade. “The car dragged Gaud more than 20 metres. It sped away but came to a halt after hitting another barricade near the south gate of Fort William,” an officer said, adding the driver left the car and fled.

Gaud was injured on his head and suffered multiple fractures. He was rushed to Eastern Command Hospital where the doctors declared him dead. The Air Force officer was from Surat in Gujarat, a Defence official said.
Kolkata Traffic Police personnel said that the Audi was initially stopped while it was trying to get onto the flyover leading to Vidyasagar Setu.

“The driver took a U-turn on the flyover and drove down using the wrong lane. It then sped towards Red Road where vehicular entry was prohibited because of the rehearsal,” a police officer said. Describing the death of the officer as “unfortunate”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered “strict and strong action” against the person responsible for the mishap.

Kolkata Police found a challan in the car through which they got the address of the showroom that sold the vehicle.
“Showroom records say that the car was belonged to Sohrab’s son, Ambia Sohrab,” an officer said. Though no arrests have been made, according to an officer, a relative of Ambia Sohrab was called for questioning at the Lalbazar Headquarters.

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  1. Anil Kumar Singh
    Jan 14, 2016 at 2:35 am
    Now Kolkata police will never be able to prove that the murder has been done by the MLA's son. Unfortunate in this country !!
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      Sirius
      Jan 16, 2016 at 5:33 am
      WB Home Minister : More than 3 days ! You are yet to even name the accused ! The family that allegedly owned the Audi is absconding ! What is going on ? Where is the motor-mouth MP O'Brien ? ...
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        Sirius
        Jan 13, 2016 at 11:42 am
        Extremely sad. Heartfelt condolences to the family of Corporal Abhimanyu. WB police should catch the driver and charge him/her under NSA ...
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          Sirius
          Jan 15, 2016 at 10:57 am
          WB Home Minister : Why no arrests in this homicide case ? More than 2 days have ped . Police is themselves a witness because they stopped the car earlier at Rabindra Setu . Does serviceman's life have no values in your eyes . You shed crocodile tears at Dadri and Faridabad, what are you doing in your own state capital ? Are you waiting for a driver to come forward like in the Superstars case ?
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            Romik
            Jan 14, 2016 at 2:28 am
            Look up and investigate the RJD MLA and his son's affiliations; his internet accounts should be investigated.
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