Kolkata hit-and-run case: Sambia was driving the car, says friend

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Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) Sambia Sohrab was driving the car which mowed down an air force officer supervising the Republic Day parade rehearsal last week, his friend and co-accused Shanu alias Shahnawaz claimed on Monday after he was brought to the city following his arrest in Delhi.

“Sambia, Sambia,” Shanu replied to media persons’ posers at the NSC Bose International Airport here.

However, he did not reply when asked whether he had surrendered to police on his own.

Stepping up its probe, a Kolkata Police team arrested Shanu from Delhi on Sunday night in connection with the sensational hit-and-run case in which the IAF corporal Abhimanyu Gaud was knocked down on the Indira Gandhi Sarani on January 13.

Shanu is the second person to be arrested in the case after prime accused Sambia was held in the West Bengal capital on Saturday.

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Shanu was nabbed by a special police team on Sunday night from a relative’s house in New Delhi.

On Monday, he was produced in a Delhi court which granted the Kolkata Police a two-day transit remand.

Said to be accompanying Sambia on the night before the accident, Shanu through his counsel asserted full cooperation with police.

“We dont know as of now on what charges he has been arrested. But he will fully cooperate with the investigation,” said his counsel Danish.

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