An Air Force officer was killed in Kolkata this morning after being hit by a speeding Audi car while he was supervising practice for the January 26 Republic Day parade.
Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud, 30, was supervising the practice parade at Red Road when he was knocked off his feet by the car. The incident took place at around 6.30 am.
The road is normally closed for civilian traffic during the rehearsal but the car raced towards Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud, the Air Force drill instructor supervising the parade, knocked him off his feet and continued to move at high speed till it hit a barricade and came to a halt, the official said.
The Air Force personnel sustained injuries and was rushed to a military hospital where the doctors declared him dead.
After hitting the officer, the car rammed a barricade before coming to a stop. The driver allegedly left the car and ran away.
“A manhunt has been launched to track and arrest the driver. We are investigating how the car broke the security barrier and entered the practice zone,” said city police commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha.
Reports say the owner of the car has been identified as Ambiya Sohrab, son of Mohammad Sohrab, a former Rashtriya Janata Dal legislator from Burrabazar constituency in Kolkata’s business district. The vehicle, Audi-Q7, was bought on January 11.
The car has been seized by the police which is investigating the case.