As the police are yet to make a breakthrough in the Audi car crash case, in which four persons were killed on the intervening night of January 27 and 28 in Ghaziabad, the senior superintendent of police (SSP) handed over the case to the crime branch.
The incident involves an Audi Q7 owned by Dr Manish Rawat who told the police that he was present in the car during the accident but claimed that his driver ‘Ishaq Ahmad’ was driving the car. ‘Ishaq Ahmad’ later turned to a different man, Syed Imtiyaz Qadri, who got bail on January 31. However, he fled his Peerwada residence in Bareilly when it was revealed that he is an impostor.
“Since the man is yet to be nabbed, there is no further headway (in the case). I have handed over the case and it will now be investigated by the crime branch officials,” Deepak Kumar, Ghaziabad SSP, said.
The families of the accident victims also alleged that the police investigation was biased and the police were lax in their investigation, as they are yet to find out the person who was driving the Audi on the night of the accident.
On January 31, Qadri allegedly surrendered before a Ghaziabad court and claimed to be Ishaq Ahmad, of Labhera village in Bareilly. During a visit by HT team, Ishaq Ahmad turned out to be a different man, a truck driver. Ishaq denied ever knowing the doctor or that he was based in Ghaziabad. He said that Qadri, his co-tenant, misused his driving licence to get bail.
Since the issue came to light, Qadri fled his residence along with his wife and two minor children. Ishaq, who claims he was in Ahmedabad on January 27 and was driving a truck, said that Qadri was paid ₹8,000 to appear before the court and surrender as the driver of the Audi Q7.
Following Qadri’s initial surrender and subsequent bail, Dr Rawat also appeared before the police and said that he was present in the Audi but was not driving the car which led to the death of four persons on the Hindon canal road.
So far, the police from Indirapuram police station have failed to track Qadri or get in touch with his case pursuer, Raj Kumar, of Bareilly, and two persons who had furnished sureties for his bail — Bareilly resident Suraj Tiwari and Brajesh Singh, of Olive County highrise in Ghaziabad.