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Ghaziabad Audi accident: Man who claimed to be driving the car missing, neighbours say was honest

The alleged impostor in the Audi Q7 hit and run case, which claimed four lives, has gone missing from his home in Bareilly.

delhi Updated: Feb 07, 2017 12:39 IST
The alleged impostor, who has been identified as Syed Imtiyaz Qadri, at the Ghaziabad court on January 31.
The alleged impostor, who has been identified as Syed Imtiyaz Qadri, at the Ghaziabad court on January 31. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The alleged impostor in the Audi Q7 hit and run case, which claimed four lives, has gone missing from his home in Bareilly.

Police teams from Ghaziabad and Bareilly on Sunday raided the house of Syed Imtiyaz Qadri, the man who allegedly surrendered before the Ghaziabad court and claimed to be Ishak Ahmad from Labhera village, Bareilly. However, the officials returned empty-handed.

Four people travelling in an auto died on January 28 when the Audi hit them. The owner of the Audi, Dr Manish Rawat, hasalso been missing since. Rawat is a neurosurgeon at Safdarjung Hospital.

“Our teams went to Bareilly in search of the man who allegedly posed as Ishaq Ahmad and surrendered before the court. But he could not be found at home and is still missing. It seems that he has run away and we have no clue about him,” said Deepak Kumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Ghaziabad.

Qadri’s land lady, Shabnam Khan, said he left on Saturday afternoon while his wife left with their two children on Sunday morning.

“Imtiyaz used to live with his wife and two children in a room on the first floor. After he left, his wife also went away. The family left in a hurry and left behind their belongings. They did not even lock the room. Ishaq lives in a room on the ground-floor in the same building,” Shabnam said.

She said that Qadri had left Bareilly on January 29 and told his wife that he was going to meet his relatives in Gonda. She said that he returned a couple of days later. According to neighbours, Imtiyaz looked depressed after he returned.

“He stopped talking to people. I asked him about his well-being but he didn’t say anything and went about his daily chores,” said Rashid, another tenant in the same building.

Shabnam claims that the man told his wife Ayesha that he went to Ghaziabad and not Gonda.

She said the family had rented the house over a year ago and the man was engaged in repair of mobiles. Their financial condition was bad, Shabnam said.

“They are a poor family and could hardly manage affairs. He used to work from home to earn extra money. Even in this condition they never cheated anyone. Faqa kar lete the par kabhi daga mari nahi ki (They would go hungry but never used unfair means),” she said.

Earlier, a HT team traced Ishaq Ahmad, resident of Labhera village in Bareilly and son of Jameel Ahmad, with the help of addresses mentioned in the police report that was sent to the court and also on the surrender application submitted by ‘him’ before the Ghaziabad court on January 30. However, Ahmad turned out to be a truck driver who claimed that he never went to court and was at Ahmedabad in Gujarat on the night of the accident. He denied ever having driven an Audi and any links with the doctor.

The issue of two people claiming to be Ishaq Ahmad flummoxed the police whose investigation has not had much success so far. The truck driver, the doctor and even the man who surrendered before the court have so far not come before the police.

“We have sent teams to trace the missing man. Ahmad will reach home soon,” Kumar said