Kolkata: Even as CPI(M) on Friday alleged that the proximity of culprits to the ruling Trinamool Congress had stopped police from taking prompt action in the mowing down incident of an airman during the Republic Day parade rehearsals here two days ago, a report said that the son of a TMC leader drove the Audi SUV.
The Indian Air Force officer who was supervising a Republic Day practice parade in Kolkata was killed in the incident.
NDTV quoted police sources as saying that the Audi Q7 abandoned after the incident on Wednesday was driven by Ambiya Sohrab.
The 26-year-old man is the son of former MLA Mohammad Sohrab.
Sohrab joined the TMC in 2013.
Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud, died soon after he was knocked off his feet by the speeding car.
The car supposedly dragged Gaud more than 20 m after hitting him and he died due to excessive blood loss.
Reports said that the person who was driving the car ran away.
Meanwhile, CPI(M) politburo member Salim asked today, "On every January 26 due to Republic Day celebrations, there are red alerts all over the country. And after the attack at Pathankot, there is a high alert across the country. There was an alert (sounded) in Fort William area also, where the parade rehearsals are taking place. So, how come a person, after crushing an airman can just escape, when the police were present and guarding the premises?" as per PTI.
Salim's comments came after the Kolkata Police yesterday issued a look out notice against Ambia Sohrab, Sambia Sohrab and their father Mohammed Sohrab, who are absconding.
A 22-member team was set up by the CP yesterday to speed up the probe into the mishap in which Gaud was hit and killed by the brand new Audi.
On the other hand, forensic report of the car suggested it was travelling at high speed of around 90-110 km per hour when it barged through the guard rails and hit the airman.
(With PTI inputs)