Sonika Chauhan death case: Kolkata Police checking CCTV clips from bars to probe drunken driving possibility

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Sonika was with actor Vikram Chatterjee in a car when the mishap took place on April 29. Police is examining the CCTV footages to ascertain whether driving under the influence of liquor probably led to the accident.

About 10 days after actor Sonika Chauhan died in a road mishap in Kolkata, apparently caused due to drunken driving, the city police has seized all CCTV footages from three clubs and bars in the city.

Sonika was travelling in a car with Bengali actor Vikram Chatterjee, who if locals are to be believed, was driving the vehicle when the accident took place in the early hours on April 29. While Sonika died, Vikram was discharged from the hospital after being administered first aid.

Police is examining the CCTV footages to ascertain whether driving under the influence of alcohol led to the mishap.

Vikram said that he was having a drink at a party that he had attended with Sonika a little before the accident took place. It is yet to be established whether the drink was liquor or a soft drink.

WHAT IS THE POLICE’s VERSION

Speaking exclusively to India Today, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Vishal Garg said, “CCTV clips of Pheonix at Astor Hotel, Underground at HHI and Myx near Park Street have been seized. We are going through the footages to know about what was happening at the party. Over a dozen statements have been recorded in this case till now, including those of the hotel and bar staff and other eyewitnesses.”

Vikram has been called by the police for cross-examination.

The motor vehicle inspection (MVI) and forensic tests of the vehicle that smashed into the rail railing have been done, whose reports are awaited.

Once the reports are out, the picture will be clearer.

A case has been registered under Sections 279 and 304 of the IPC for negligent driving till now.

Only one complaint has been registered so far and action has been initiated on the basis of the same.

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