Audi crash: Cops probe forgery, cheating angle after impersonation comes to light
Truck driver Ishaq Ahmad’s statement is vital as he was allegedly impersonated by his co-tenant, Syed Imtiyaq Qadri, who also claimed to be the driver of Audi Q7 which hit an auto in Indirapuram, killing four personsnoida Updated: Mar 23, 2017 22:39 IST
After the Ghaziabad crime branch recently added several IPC sections of cheating, forgery, providing false information and criminal conspiracy to the Audi car crash case, the truck driver, whose documents were allegedly forged for obtaining bail from Ghaziabad court, appeared before the crime branch for his statement.
Truck driver Ishaq Ahmad’s statement is vital in the progress of the case as he was allegedly impersonated by his co-tenant, Syed Imtiyaq Qadri, who also claimed to be the driver of Audi Q7 which hit an auto on the intervening night of January 27 and 28 at Indirapuram, killing four persons on the spot.
“After the new sections were added to the case, we have suspects, including Audi owner Dr Manish Rawat, Qadri’s case pursuer Raj Kumar and two persons who gave sureties for Qadri’s bail. Now, the case is being investigated under the new sections as well. Truck driver’s statements were recorded and he maintained that his driving licence copy was misused by Qadri to appear as Audi’s driver,” said Inspector Jaipal Singh, investigating officer of the case.
A week after the accident near Hindon canal in Indirapuram, Dr Rawat appeared before the police. He told police that he was in the car but ‘Ishaq Ahmad’ was driving the Audi. He had also claimed that ‘Ishaq Ahmad’ was known to him from his previous posting in Bareilly and joined him as driver 15-20 days before the Ghaziabad incident. When contacted, Dr Rawat did not respond to calls.
On January 31, ‘Ishaq Ahmad’ appeared before the court and obtained bail after surrendering. However, ‘Ishaq’ turned out to be a a truck driver from Bareilly and Syed Imtiyaz Qadri had allegedly impersonated him. The truck driver’s surveillance details revealed that he was in Gujarat/Rajasthan when the accident took place in Ghaziabad.
“I have told the crime branch that Qadri misused my driving licence and impersonated me. He also told me in an earlier conversation (after the accident) that he was paid for appearing as Audi driver. Qadri said that four persons suffered minor injuries. When I told him that four persons had in fact died, he fled Bareilly,” Ishaq said.
During further investigation after Qadri went missing, the crime branch also scanned the mobile locations of the doctor and Qadri. Qadri’s location was found to be in Bareilly on the day of the accident in Ghaziabad. During a visit to Bareilly by the crime branch team, locals also confirmed that Qadri was in Bareilly on the day of the accident.
Investigators suspect that the entire conspiracy was allegedly hatched to protect the actual driver of Audi.
During the initial FIR, sections of rash driving and causing death by negligence were added. However, with the entire sequence of events evolving, the officials added news sections and widened the will scope of investigation.