A senior Kolkata Police officer has come under the scanner in the Audi hit-and-run case after he allegedly advised Trinamool Congress leader Mhd Sohrab and his two sons flee the state after the incident, sources close to the probe team said.
Police have launched a manhunt to nab Trinamool Congress leader Mohammed Sohrab and his two sons Ambia and Sambia, who are absconding after a speeding Audi owned by the family killed a 21-year-old air force officer, Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud, in Kolkata on Wednesday.
It was, however, not clear who was behind the wheel when the accident took place.
A 22-member special investigation team (SIT) has been formed to probe the incident.
“Soon after SIT took over the investigation, we started scanning call details of the father and his two sons. We found that Sohrab called a senior officer January 13 morning - around four hours after the incident – requesting him to bail out his sons. The police officer suggested him to flee with family,” said a source from the detective department.
The source, however, declined to reveal the name of the senior officer who advised the Trinamool leader to flee with his sons.
On Saturday afternoon, a few members of the SIT left for Bihar where they are suspected to be hiding.
Police feel that Bihar might be safe place to hide for Sohrab and his sons since he (Mhd Sohrab) was a former MLA of the RJD and has good “political connections” in that state.
Kolkata Police, however, officially denied the claims of a senior officer receiving any telephone call from Mhd Sohrab.
“Yes, we have collected call records and transcripts of the calls of the absconders to find out who they telephoned before they switched off their cell phones and escaped. But I don’t have any information that anyone of them called a senior officer for advice,” said Debasish Boral, joint CP crime, Kolkata Police.
On the evening of the incident, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had said that the government was taking this case very seriously and would initiate murder cases against the offenders.
Police initiated a murder case against “unknown accused” and formed a 22 member Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a deputy commissioner of detective department.
On Saturday afternoon, a group of BJP workers led by the head of the women’s wing Rupa Ganguly held demonstrations in front of the Lalbazar headquarters of Kolkata Police demanding prompt arrest of the culprits of the hit-and-run incident.
“West Bengal is not at all safe. It becomes more dangerous if leaders of the ruling party or their relatives commit a crime. Police turns blind, deaf and dumb and we are protesting to awaken them,” said Ganguly.