The Kolkata Police on Tuesday arrested Johny from the city in connection with the hit-in-run incident that claimed the life of an Air Force officer during the rehearsal of the Republic Day Parade on Red Road.
This was the third arrest made by the city police in connection with the Red Road incident so far.
The other accused Shanu was arrested from Delhi late Sunday night and later he was brought to the city on Monday night in transit remand. Both the accused were remanded in police custody till January 30 after being produced before the Bankshall Court on Tuesday.
A senior police officer said that the police will make them sit face to face and interrogate them. A reconstruction of the whole incident may be done for the sake of investigation, said a senior city police officer.
The lawyers of both the accused moved a bail plea which was summarily rejected by the court.
The victims’ lawyers appealed before the court seeking bail for the two as they claimed Shanu and Johny were not in the car that had hit the Air Force officer. Johny’s counsel told the court that he was driving another car which has already been seized by the police.
The counsels of the two accused also told the court that their clients surrendered before the police and they will extend all possible help to the police in the course of investigation.
The accused were not directly involved in the crime, claimed their lawyers.
Citing an example, counsels in the court said when a bus hits a person the bus driver is arrested and not the passengers of the bus.
As Shanu and Johny were in Sambia’s car, how they would be held responsible for the crime, they argued.
Contradicting what the police said regarding their arrest, relatives of both the accused also claimed that they surrendered before the police.
The public prosecutors told the court that there were irregularities in the statement of both the accused and hence they should be interrogated together which might throw some light into the hit-run-case. Police had also sought for their custody.
After hearing the arguments and counter arguments of the public prosecutor and the accused lawyers, the court rejected the accused’s bail plea and remanded them in police custody till January 30.
Police came to know during the interrogations that the two accused where accompanying the prime accused Sambia Sohrab who was arrested by the police on last Saturday night from Beckbagan area. He was remanded in police custody till January 31.