The family members of those who died in the Audi car crash incident met chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday and sought his intervention into the alleged lax and ‘pressured’ police probe.
The family also told the CM about the conspiracies that have come to the fore to protect some beneficiaries.
The Audi, owned by Dr Manish Rawat, had crashed into an auto on Hindon canal road in Indirapuram on the intervening night of January 27 and 28 and led to death of four persons — Yajuvendra Singh, 40, his cousin Vishal, their family friend Rinku Yadav, a techie with HCL, Noida, and auto driver Sanjeev Kumar.
“We have forwarded our complaint to the chief minister and also apprised him about the pressure tactics and conspiracies being used to subvert the investigation. We also told him that apart from the four who died, poor people were targeted and made to take the blame in the case. There are several people who are working behind the scenes to protect influential people,” Sunita Sengar, mother of Yajuvendra Singh, said.
On the night of the incident, Audi owner Dr Rawat fled the spot but turned up a week later before the police. He told them that he was present in the car but the vehicle was driven by his driver ‘Ishaq Ahmad’.
‘Ishaq Ahmad’ from Bareilly surrendered at the court of the chief judicial magistrate in Ghaziabad and obtained bail on January 31. He later turned out to be Syed Imtiyaz Qadri, who had misused the documents of his former co-tenant, Ishaq Ahmad, a truck driver from Bareilly.
However, a couple of days later, when Qadri came to know about four persons being killed in the incident, he fled to Maharashtra.
He was caught by the Maharashtra police a fortnight ago under Nala Sopara police station in connection with robbery and chain snatching incidents. Upon his arrest, he told the police that three persons had paid him Rs7,000 to appear in the court, in order to claim insurance.
Since the conspiracy came to light, the families said that there have been attempts by a group of people to pressurise them and also Ishaq Ahmad, who was told to approach Qadri in Maharashtra in order to convince him to take the blame for being behind the wheels during the accident.
“We told the CM about people who are working to protect those who are actually involved in the case and also about the conspiracy. A complete file has also been submitted, which details how the conspiracy was planned. We have told that police officers have also been pressurised. The CM has assured us of action and justice,” Sengar said.
After an initial probe by Indirapuram police, the case was handed over to the crime branch. The police have said that Qadri’s mobile location was traced to Bareilly during the incident. His wife, Ayesha, turned up in Bareilly on Friday and said that her husband was paid money to appear in court.