Update: Main accused Sambia Sohrab brought to Bankshall Court in Kolkata today. Sambia Sohrab booked under IPC Section 302,120(b),307, 212 and 427. Police reported that Sambia didn’t drive the car. Joni’s brother said to the police that Sambia’s family pressurized to say that Sambia didn’t drive the car.
Kolkata: Kolkata police arrested Sambia Sohrab later on Saturday evening in connection with the Audi hit-and-run case.
Confirming the arrest, joint CP crime, Debasish Boral said, “The anti rowdy section of the detective department arrested him from the central Kolkata area. For the sake of further investigation we are not disclosing the exact location.”
In the afternoon, Kolkata Police had said that Sambia–the younger son of Trinamool Congress leader Mohammahed Sohrab was behind the wheels of the car that had mowed down IAF personnel Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud during the rehearsal of Republic Day parade on Wednesday.
A senior Kolkata Police officer said, Sachin Shah, who is employed in one of the hotels owned by Sohrab in Jorashanko area of the city was first called for questioning in connection with Wednesday’s mishap and later on arrested.
“Going by what has emerged from our investigations we are somewhat sure that it was Sambia who was driving the car that killed Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud, the IAF drill instructor,” the officer said.
Police have already initiated a case under sections 302 (murder) and 120 (B) criminal conspiracy.
Police had launched a manhunt to nab the former RJD MLA and his two sons, Ambia and Sambia, who have been absconding since the incident. A 22-member special investigation team (SIT) had been formed to probe the incident.
A senior Kolkata Police officer has come under the scanner in the Audi hit-and-run case after he allegedly advised the father-sons trio to flee the state after the incident, sources close to the probe team said.
On Saturday afternoon, a few members of the SIT had left for Bihar where they were suspected to be hiding.