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Sambia ‘confesses’ he was driving the car that killed IAF Corporal

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Kolkata: Kolkata hit-and-run case prime accused Sambia Sohrab has confessed to have been driving the Audi SUV that ran over a young Air Force office practicing for the Republic Day parade, leaving him dead, according to media reports.

The video of the car speeding by the parade has been thoroughly examined by the central agency in charge of probing the death of the corporal. The examination led to the confirmation that the driver was the only one in the car at the time of the incident.

Sambia, son of Mohammad Sohrab, once a Rashtriya Janata Dal legislator now close to Trinamool, was arrested in Kolkata 16 January at 11.15 pm and is currently in police custody. He is charged with murder and criminal conspiracy.

26-year-old Sambia had breached multiple police barricades on the city’s arterial Red Road before running over and killing 21-year-old Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud around 6.30 am on January 13.

Two of his friends, Noor Alam or Jonny and Shahnawaz Khan or Shanu, have told police Sambia was with them till just before the accident and was driving under the influence of alcohol. Asked not to drive when drunk, Sambia got into a fight with Shanu and drove off alone, the families of the two friends have said.

Hours after the incident, Sambia, older brother Ambia and father Mohammad Sohrab, went missing. Ambia and Sohrab are still absconding. An arrest warrant has been issued against the father.

In an official statement that came hours after Sambia’s arrest, Parliamentarian Derek O’ Brien denied that the Sohrabs were linked to Trinamool. “It was a reckless demon of a driver. Neither he nor his father is related to TMC. The law of the land will punish the culprit soon”.

However, reports have confirmed photos of Sohrab with Trinamool leaders, including Kolkata’s mayor Sovan Chatterjee having surfaced recently.

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