Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leader Mohammed Sohrab's son Sambia has been charged with murder and criminal conspiracy for allegedly mowing down an IAF officer last week.
He was arrested late Saturday night and produced before a Kolkata court. Sambia was allegedly behind the wheel when his Audi SUV ran over 21-year-old Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud at Kolkata's red road area.
After mowing down the IAF officer, Sambia fled from the scene and was on the run for the next three days. He has been sent to 14 days police custody.
Sambia's friend Johnny who was with him before the incident took place claimed, "That day we all we were drinking. There were four cars: Swift, Skoda, Audi and Fortuner. Everyone told Sambia that he had a drink too much and so he must leave his car here, and leave but he did not listen to anyone. Sambia fought with Sanu (another friend) when he tried to stop him and slapped him a couple of times saying don't bother me. He overtook us and went off," he claimed.
"Further ahead, the police stopped us saying there is not entry here as parade practice is on. When we protested that the other car just went by, they said that car would be penalised. So we took the other route and went home and slept. The next morning we heard all this was happening. We heard the police is hunting for us and so we got scared and fled because a similar issue happened earlier and we got scared. Otherwise we wouldn't have fled," he added.
Earlier, sources said that Sambia's statement to the police has been inconsistent. He told police that he was at home on the day of the accident. He said he took a bus to East Midnapore from where he took a train to Ranchi and stayed there for two days.
The arrest, four days after the tragic incident, is considered to be crucial for the Mamata Banerjee government, which came under severe criticism from the oppositions, who alleged that she is shielding the accused.