Kolkata: The West Bengal police have identified the man whose car ran over an Indian Air Force officer supervising the Republic Day Parade on Wednesday, reports said on Thursday.
After initial investigations, the police identified the owner of the Audi Q7 car as Ambiya Sohrab, who is the son of former Rashtriya Janata Dal legislator Mohammad Sohrab.
Mohammad Sohrab, who resides in Kolkata's business district Burrabazar constituency, has now switched to the ruling Trinamool Congress.
As per police, the luxury vehicle, Audi Q7, was purchased on January 4. The Kolkata Police also raided Sohrab's Burrabazar residence, but nobody was found there.
It has now come to light that the car was purchased by Mussadi Business Pvt Ltd - a company owned by Mohammad Sohrab.
Red Road, where Abhimanyu Gaud, the 21-year-old IAF drill instructor, was killed after being hit and run over by Audi Q7, is closed for the civilian traffic during the Republic Day rehearsal parade every year.
But Ambiya Sohrab's car broke through security barriers and hit Gaud who was supervising the parade.
According to police, the driver left the car on Red Road and ran away shortly after the mishap. He also tore off the temporary licence number issued to the new vehicle and sprayed heavy quantity of perfume inside the SUV before running away.
The car was also seized by the police for further investigation.
Gaud was from Surat in Gujarat and was stationed at the Kaliakunda air base. He had come to Kolkata for the Republic Day event.
Shocked how the vehicle broke the barricades and entered Red Road where the rehearsal was on, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had promised strict action against the guilty.