The case pursuer who submitted an affidavit on behalf of Audi ‘driver’ Syed Imtiyaz Qadri said that neither Qadri nor he had information that four people were killed in the accident on the intervening night of January 27 and 28 in Ghaziabad.
Raj Kumar, case pursuer for ‘Ishaq Ahmad’ who later turned out to be Syed Imtiyaz Qadri, said that Qadri had identified himself as Ishaq Ahmad, and he was popularly known as ‘Mumbaiya’ in local circles. Qadri had allegedly impersonated his co-tenant and truck driver, Ishaq Ahmad, of Labhera village in Bareilly.
“He (Qadri) used to drive autos and local vehicles when I met him in Bareilly. Before he surrendered, he asked me to be the case pursuer. He told me that he had driven the car during an incident in which four people suffered minor injuries. So, I went with him to Ghaziabad court. I had no information that four people were killed,” Raj Kumar, of Jogi Nawada in Bareilly, said.
Qadri is presently on the run and fled his Peerwada residence in Bareilly. Qadri surrendered before a Ghaziabad court on January 31 and had produced a photocopy of Ishaq Ahmad’s driving licence as an identity proof. The truck driver, Ahmad, has lodged a complaint with the Bareilly police against Qadri and the Audi owner Dr Manish Rawat.
In his complaint, he alleged that the copy of his driving licence was fraudulently used. Circle officer of Nawabganj in Bareilly is investigating the matter.
“I had a conversation with Qadri after I came to know that he had produced a photocopy of my driving licence in court. He told me that he had to surrender in court in an accident case, in which several people suffered minor injuries. It seems that he was not aware that four people were killed,” Ishaq said.
Dr Rawat had appeared before the Ghaziabad police and said that Qadri had taken up the driver’s job nearly a fortnight before the incident and was staying with him. He had also said that he was present inside the car but his driver was driving the car.
The Ghaziabad police have not been able to make any headway in tracking Qadri. They have not been able to trace Qadri even through mobile phone tracking. Locals in Bareilly and even his landlady, Shabnam, claimed that Qadri was in Bareilly in January-end.
“Our teams are trying to trace him. His mobile phone is switched off. Once we trace him, we will also get in touch with case pursuer and two persons who gave sureties for Qadri’s bail,” Sanat Kumar Mishra, case investigating officer, said.
Qadri got bail from Ghaziabad court after two sureties of ₹20,000, each, were submitted by Bareilly resident Suraj Tiwari and Brajesh Singh, of Olive County high rise in Vasundhara, Ghaziabad, of which Dr Manish Rawat was also a resident.