Third arrest in Kolkata hit-and-run case: Friend of prime accused nabbed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Jan 19, 2016 12:25 IST
Sambia Sohrab, the prime accused in the Red Road hit-and-run case, was produced at Bankshall Court, in Kolkata. (HT Photo)

A third arrest was made on Tuesday morning in the Kolkata hit-and-run case where a 21-year old IAF corporal was killed after being run over by an SUV. Johnny, a friend of prime accused Sambia Sohrab, was arrested at Ekbalpore near the Kolkata port area by the anti-rowdy squad of the Kolkata police.

The shocking incident occurred on January 13 when an Audi SUV rammed through police barricades, ultimately striking corporal Abhimanyu Gaud on Red Road that was cordoned off for the Republic Day parade.

Prime accused Sambia Sohrab – son of former RJD MLA Mohammed Sohrab – is believed to have been behind the wheel of the car but police are yet to determine what actually happened that night. Initial findings indicate that Sambia had consumed alcohol at two locations before driving onto Red Road.

Police have so far made three arrests – Sambia Sohrab, his associate Shanu and Johnny – all of who are suspected to have been in the vehicle at the time of the crime. However, co-accused Shanu and Johnny claim they were in a separate vehicle that was trailing the SUV.

Police will likely interrogate the three separately and then cross-examine them together to determine what actually happened that night. Murder charges will be slapped on the driver of the SUV as directed by chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Johnny will be produced in court on Tuesday along with Shanu who was picked up from Delhi on Monday night, police officials said.

Sambia was arrested from Kolkata on Saturday night and has been remanded to 14 days in police custody by a city court.

After the incident, Sambia was found absconding along with his father and brother Ambia Sohrab, both of whom are yet to be traced.

Mohammed Sohrab, a Trinamool Congress leader, won the 2006 assembly election on a RJD ticket.

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