Kolkata | An Air Force officer was today killed during the Republic Day rehearsal parade here after a speeding car belonging to the son of former RJD MLA Mohammed Sohrab tore through the barricades at the spot and hit him. The brand new white Audi broke three guard rails and barged into the parade rehearsal on the Red Road at about 6.30 AM and killed 21-year-old Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud, the Air Force drill instructor who was supervising the parade. The road is normally closed for traffic during the rehearsal in the morning hours but the car sped towards the officer, knocked him off his feet and continued to move at high speed till it hit a barricade and came to a halt, a defence official said.
The Air Force personnel sustained injuries and was rushed to Eastern Command Hospital where the doctors declared him dead.The driver left the car and fled. Describing the death of the officer as unfortunate, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered strict and strong action against the person responsible for the mishap. After meeting the family members of the Air Force officers at the hospital, Banerjee said, All strong action must be taken.
Even after seeing that a parade rehearsal is going on and the total area has been barricaded how come somebody breaks in. It raises the question whether the person driving the car was okay or not. This is very unfortunate and a serious matter. We have lost a life. Investigation will take place for sure and I have told the Police Commissioner to take strong action and lodge a murder case against the person. I do not know who drives vehicles in this manner. Those who drive cars like this do not have any right to get a driving licence, she said before leaving the hospital.
Though nobody has been arrested so far in connection with the accident, after examining the challan, sleuths of the Kolkata Police got the address of the showroom from where the car was bought and finally the details of the owner. As per showroom records, the car has been registered against a company which belongs to former RJD MLA Mohammed Sohrab. And the showroom records show the car purchased for Rs 90 lakh belonged to Sohrab’s son Ambia Sohrab, an officer said. Going by the showroom records, it was found that the Audi was delivered to the Sohrabs on January 4 and the contact details of the customer provided were of Ambia Sohrab, the officer said.