Kolkata hit-and-run: TMC leader's son booked, sent to 14-day police custody

Kolkata: The bail plea of Sambia Sohrab, charged with murder in the hit-and-run case, which claimed the life
of a young air force officer here, was rejected yesterday by a city court, which remanded him in police custody for 14 days.

Sambia Sohrab being produced in a city court in Kolkata on Sunday. PIC/PTI
Sambia Sohrab being produced in a city court in Kolkata on Sunday. Pic/PTI

According to a Kolkata Police official, Sambia was grilled at Joint Commissioner (Crime) Debasish Boral's chamber at the Force's headquarter till 5am yesterday. "He (Sambia) did not cooperate with us at all. Whenever he was asked about his role he denied being at the mishap site.

But we have clear indications of his presence at the Red Road area at that very hour," the official said. Sambia's mobile phone tower showed that he was there on the morning of January 13, he said. Sambia was also asked about the number of persons present with him during the incident, to which he had no "clear" answer, the official said. Sambia was trying to escape to neighbouring states and was constantly changing his hiding places since the accident.

Metropolitan Magistrate of City Sessions Court Mrityunjay Karmakar rejected the bail plea of Sambia, the younger son of former RJD MLA Mohammad Sohrab, and sent him to police custody till January 30.

Sambia's counsel, pleading for his bail, told the court that the FIR has said the speeding vehicle that mowed down the air force officer was driven by an 'unknown' person and that he had cooperated with Kolkata Police sleuths. The public prosecutor said the offence of the driver was not only hitting and killing a person but also breaking into a "prohibited place" where around 5,000 defence personnel were rehearsing.

The incident

A speeding Audi with Sambia allegedly at the wheel mowed down 21-year-old Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud, after it broke through guardrails on Red Road in the morning of January 13.

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