Kolkata Hit-and-Run Case: Sambia Sohrab Admits to Driving the Car

Kolkata hit-and-run accused Sambia has reportedly confessed to driving the Audi that mowed down and IAF official.

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Shahnawaz Khan (L), Sambia Sohrab (C) and Johnnie(R), the three main accused in the Kolkata hit-and-run case. (Photo altered by <b>The Quint</b>)

Sambia Sohrab, the main accused in Red Road hit-and-run case and son of state Trinamool Congress member Mohammed Sohrab, confessed that he was behind the wheels of the car that mowed down an IAF officer during a Republic Day parade rehearsal in Kolkatta, police said.

According to a top Kolkata Police officer, Sambia broke down during a prolonged interrogation and confessed that he was driving the white colour brand new Audi on January 13 when IAF officer Abhimanyu Gaud was hit and killed.

Sambia has been giving us false statements to misdirect. Since day one of interrogation he has been giving us contradictory versions regarding the mishap. Sometimes, he said he was not driving the car but it was Sonu, his friend and another accused, behind the wheels. But today some strategic interrogation helped us get Sambia’s confession.

Kolkata Police official

Kolkata Police sleuths have also arrested Shahnawaz Khan (Sonu) and Johnnie, friends of Sambia.

Sambia was driving his brother Ambia’s Audi Q7. (Photo: ANI)
Sambia was driving his brother Ambia’s Audi Q7. (Photo: ANI)

During investigation it was found that on the night before the mishap, Sambia, his elder brother Ambia, Shahnawaz and Johnnie along with others attended a party at Doighat in the Port area of the city.

Sambia has also admitted that he was drunk while driving the Audi on January 13 morning.

Kolkata Police official

Sambia, the officer said, has also admitted that he was alone in the car, while Shahnawaz and Johnnie were in another vehicle.

Incidentally, the two have been claiming that they were not travelling in the Audi, which Sambia was driving.

Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud. (Photo: <a href="http://www.telegraphindia.com/1160115/images/16soldier.jpg"><i>The Telegraph</i></a>)
Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud. (Photo: The Telegraph)

Kolkata Police have also seized a Skoda, which Shahnawaz and Johnnie claimed that they were driving.

Talking about the whereabouts of Ambia and Mohammed Sohrab, who are absconding, another top source in Kolkata Police said according to their information, the duo were trying to cross over to Bangladesh. “We have accordingly alerted forces at the Bangladesh border,” the source said.

A city court yesterday had issued a arrest warrant against Mohammed Sohrab.

Sambia, Shahnawaz and Johnnie have been booked under IPC sections 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 212 (harbouring offender) and 427 (mischief causing damage).

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