Indian actor arrested for causing death of model in auto crash

Indian actor arrested for causing death of model in auto crash

Indian actor arrested for causing death of model in auto crash

"Actor Vikram Chatterjee has been arrested and charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder for the vehicle accident in which model Sonika Chauhan was killed some three months back". The well-known face in Bengali TV and films was then arrested by Kolkata police who had intercepted a cab outside Acropolis Mall on Rashbehari Avenue connector in south Kolkata. Vikram had reportedly tried to escape after seeing the police but was caught and taken to Tollygunge police station, they added.

Chatterjee was earlier charged with "culpable homicide not amounting to murder" which is a non-bailable section (304) of the IPC.

Vikram Chatterjee has acted in several Bengali soaps while Sonika was a model and TV host of Pro Kabaddi League and Big Boss Bangla.

Last month, the police were unable to contact Vikram and they realised that he was absconding. "We do not have any laboratory evidence to prove if Vikram was drunk when he was driving", said a police officer.

Sonika's parents were reportedly informed about her death five hours after their daughter died in hospital. The report also revealed that about 4.6 seconds before the crash, the auto was being driven at 105 km/hr. Though medical reports did not clarify whether he was drunk or not, it was proved that the auto was driven at a very high speed. About 2.1 seconds before the crash, the speed was reduced to 93 km/hr, and till 1.6 seconds before the crash, no break was applied.

Police said that the reports indicate that Vikram lost control. The actor himself sustained a head injury in the accident and was hospitalised. "Hence, we had moved the court and it accepted our prayer", an officer said.

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