Speeding Audi mows down IAF officer in WB

Speeding Audi mows down IAF officer in WB

 A speeding car, reportedly driven by a politician’s son, mowed down 21-year-old Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and inured several others on early Wednesday morning. The young air force officer, who joined the services two years back, succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.

Corporal Gaud, who was on duty as drill instructor on Red Road in central Kolkata, was run over by the Audi SUV, which was traveling at breakneck speed at around 6.30 am. Even though the stretch of the road was supposed to be temporarily closed for defence personnel to rehearse the Republic Day parade, the police are enquiring how the vehicle managed to get access to the road it despite being cordoned off.

According to eye-witness statements recorded by the police, Corporal Gaud tried to stop the car, which was rushing down the road, but it hit him and few others before ramming into a guard rail.

 After the car came to a stop, the driver left it behind and escaped. Corporal Gaud, who was rushed to the nearby military hospital, was declared dead on arrival.


 The accident took place near the South Gate of Fort William, which houses the headquarters of the Army’s Eastern Command.

Corporal Gaud, who joined IAF as a non-commissioned officer in July 2014, was posted at Kalaikunda air base in East Midnapore and recently came to Kolkata as part of the contingent to display military pageant at the annual Republic Day parade on Red Road.

Hailing from Surat in Gujarat, he was known to be a bright officer with a promising career. Although not much was available on his family, sources said he was still a bachelor. Police sources said the vehicle was traced back to Ambia, 26-year-old son of former RJD MLA, Mohammad Sohrab, who is now believed to have close ties with the ruling Trinamool Congress.

The car was initially stopped when it was speeding on the flyover leading away from Red Road.

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