The city police have urged the Indian Air Force to nominate an officer to co-ordinate with their investigating officers to carry forward the probe in connection with the hit-and-run case in which an Air Force officer Abhimanyu Gaud was killed.
The incident took place on January 19 and later three youth Shambia, younger son of former RJD MLA Md Sohrab, Shanu and Johny were arrested. But the police are yet to know who was driving the car.
It may be mentioned that the Air Force authorities had written to the Kolkata Police requesting for a joint investigation. It is learnt that the top brass of the city police had earlier informed the Air Force authorities that there is “no legal provision” to carry out a joint investigation. Air Force is carrying out a separate investigation into the incident. Sources said the Air Force had requested for a joint probe as both the investigating agency need similar evidence and witnesses.
In a letter that the Air Force authorities had received on Saturday, the joint commissioner of police (crime) has urged them to nominate an officer who will co-ordinate with the investigating officers. The Air Force authorities were in constant touch with the city police and the police too contacted the officers whenever required.
Meanwhile, the TI parade of the three accused will be held on February 4. A police officer said the TI parade was essential to identify who was driving the car. The police had questioned each of the three youth individually and found discrepancies in their statements.
Later they were questioned face-to-face and both Shanu and Jhony had claimed that Shambia was driving the car. But Shambia had differed.
Thus the police had approached the Bankshall court with a plea for TI parade of the accused and the court had granted the plea.
A warrant had also been issued against Md Sohrab a few weeks ago. But the police are yet to arrest him.
Family members of the victim have approached the senior officers of the Air Force to know the status of the investigation and whether the main accused has been identified. They have also requested the senior officers to look into the matter so that the accused get punished.