Kolkata hit-and-run: Test identification parade held

Kolkata, Feb 4 (IANS) A test identification (TI) parade of the three accused — Sambia Sohrab, Shahnawaz alias Shanu and Johnny — in the sensational hit-and-run case in Kolkata in which a young IAF officer was killed, was held on Thursday.

The TI parade was held in the presence of police and personnel from the armed forces present on January 13 at the Indira Gandhi Sarani where Indian Air Force corporal Abhimanyu Gaud was mowed down by a speeding vehicle while he was supervising the Republic Day parade rehearsal.

However, both the IAF as well as the city police remained tight-lipped over the outcome of the TI parade.

“The investigation is at a sensitive stage and divulging crucial information may have an adverse impact on the proceedings. Any information that needs to be conveyed shall be disseminated at the appropriate time,” said an IAF officer.

A city court earlier had fixed Thursday as the day for the TI parade.

Prime accused Sambia, son of former Rashtriya Janata Dal legislator Mohammad Sohrab, is said to have been driving his car that broke through police barricades before knocking down Gaud.

Remaining evasive on the outcome of the TI parade, a city police officer said sketches of Sambia’s absconding brother Ambia and their father Mohammad Sohrab have been sent to many police stations. The duo is absconding since the day of the accident and a court has issued a lookout notice against them.

While Sambia was arrested on January 16 from the city, his friend Shanawaz Khan was arrested from Delhi on January 18 and Johnny was nabbed a day later from Kolkata.

The city police earlier had also turned down the IAF’s request for a joint probe into the accident, citing lack of legal provision.

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