The crime branch has added sections of cheating, forgery, providing false information and criminal conspiracy to the Audi car crash case. A speeding Audi Q7 rammed into an autorickshaw on the intervening night of January 27 and 28, killing four persons.
Until now, the charges were levied under sections 279 (rash driving), 304A (causing death by negligence) and 427 (causing damages) of the IPC at the Indirapuram police station.
During the investigation, the crime branch found that Syed Imtiyaz Qadri had impersonated his co-tenant Ishaq Ahmad, a truck driver from Bareilly, by using his driving licence, to appear before a Ghaziabad court on January 31 and obtain bail. Qadri had claimed that he was the driver of the car during the incident.
However, following an HT investigation, it was found that Qadri had allegedly impersonated Ahmad. Qadri has been absconding since.
“The new sections are added as the impersonation by Qadri and several people furnishing bail bonds was allegedly planned. The doctor’s mobile phone location was found at the accident site while Qadri’s location was in Bareilly during the accident. His presence in Bareilly is further substantiated by the statements of locals,” Jaipal Singh, the case investigating officer, said.
The superintendent of police (crime), Praveen Ranjan Singh, and circle officer Manish Mishra declined to comment on the development. Mishra later directed the investigating officer to comment on the issue.
The crime branch officials said that they now have a new set of suspects, including Dr Manish Rawat, Qadri’s case pursuer Raj Kumar, who hails from Bareilly, and the two who furnished sureties in court for Qadri — Suraj Tiwari and Brajesh Singh.
The doctor, who appeared before the police nearly a week after the accident, had told police that he had appointed ‘Ishaq Ahmad’ as his driver around 15-20 days before the incident. He had also said that he was in the car on the night of the accident and ‘Ishaq Ahmad’ was driving the car. However, ‘Ishaq Ahmad’ later turned out to be Syed Imtiyaz Qadri.
Four persons, Vishal Singh, 25, his cousin Yajuvendra Singh, 40, their family friend Rinku Yadav – a techie with HCL, Noida — and auto driver Sanjeev Kumar died.
“We went to Lucknow to meet senior UP police officials; we appealed to the Ghaziabad police repeatedly to unearth the conspiracy. The police have finally responded. The culprits involved in the conspiracy should be punished,” Sunita Sengar, Yajuvendra’s mother, said.
Truck driver Ishaq Ahmad was in Gujarat/Rajasthan when the accident took place. He later said that his co-tenant Qadri used a photocopy of his driving licence to impersonate him. A team from the crime branch had also visited Bareilly to record his statements and investigate the case in the first week of March. Ishaq has also lodged complaints with the Bareilly police against Qadri and others.