The Red Road hit-and-run incident that claimed an Indian Air Force personnel’s life received a fresh twist on Friday after the sister-in-law of Sonu, a friend of Ambia Sohrab, lodged a missing complaint stating that Sonu called them on the evening of the mishap and said that Sambia Sohrab was driving the car.
Sonu is a close friend of both Sambia and Ambia — the two sons of Trinamool leader Md Sohrab.
Priyanka Khan, the wife of Sonu’s elder brother, lodged the missing complaint at Bowbazar police station stating that Sonu went missing since the day of the incident. According to the complaint, Sonu telephoned his brother on January 13 evening saying that he was in Kolaghat.
Sonu also claimed that he, with a few other friends, was in another car that was following the killer Audi SUV.
“We have to verify the claims of a second car following the Audi. Sonu’s family member gave us the number from which they claimed Sonu made the call. Though the number isn’t Sonu’s, its tower location was Kolaghat on the evening of the incident. We are trying to track the owner of the number,” a senior police officer said.
Although the police are not in a position to believe the version in the complaint right now, initial claims made by army personnel present on the accident spot suggesting that only one person seemed to be present inside the car match with the complaint lodged with the police. “We are not concerned about how many people were inside the car. Right now, our main target is to nab all the three accused (Ambia Sohrab, Sambia Sohrab and Sonu). We’ll only be able to throw more light in the case once we have them in our custody,” a police officer said.
Top sources claimed Ambia, Sambia and Sonu, along with one more friend, Johnny, were together at a pub on Central Avenue till 9 pm on January 12. From there, they headed towards a prominent club on Kona Expressway and their cell phones were switched off around midnight.
“In all probability, they were at the club through the night and were on their way back when they hit the IAF corporal,” a police officer said.
Buzz is that the Sohrab siblings might even have escaped somewhere overseas, with China being spoken of as a likely destination as Sambia has an office and an accommodation there. Sambia oversees exports Chinese fruits to Bangladesh from this office.