Ambia Sohrab shares a special relationship with cameras and cars. If he is not driving a Porche or a Hummer around, one would probably find him posing with a Bugatti for a photograph.
But the winds of change may be blowing for Sohrab, and in the wrong direction. If the Kolkata police’s suspicions turn out true, the 32-year-old’s next photograph could be from a police line-up.
Sources in the police department say Sohrab may have been at the wheel of the Audi that killed Air Force personnel Abhimanyu Gaud during a Republic Day parade rehearsal on Wednesday morning. The authorities also suspect that he was accompanied by two others – the nephew of a co-accomplice of Rashid Khan, a lifer in the 1992 Bowbazar blast that killed 92 people, and the son of a satta (illegal gambling) don in the same area.
The Facebook profile of Sohrab, who has toured a few countries such as Dubai and Germany, describes him as the director of Afreen Group of Companies and proprietor of Amby International.
“Owing to his father’s money and influence, Sohrab used to live life in the fast lane. He would routinely visit discotheques and use fast cars to indulge in road races through the night. His friends hail from well-placed yet notorious families,” said an acquaintance on the condition of anonymity.
Sources said Sohrab and his friend had brawled at a discotheque on Park Street last month, following which they reportedly ransacked a part of it. A police officer alleged that he had once assaulted a traffic sergeant and a constable.
The suspect’s father is a former RJD MLA from Burrabazar area who now owes allegiance to West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress. Sohrab is involved in the family business, which deals with construction and the wholesale import of fruits.
High-profile politicians and police officers were invited to the wedding reception of his younger brother, which was held at PC Chandra Gardens in the first week of January.
“He (Sohrab) is married, and has a child. We kept telling him to mend his ways, but our advice only fell on deaf ears. His family would always bail him out of trouble,” said a close friend.
Police raided Sohrab’s residence in this connection, but found nobody there. Neither the suspect nor his relatives were available for comment.