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Kerala: Bitti Mohanty sent to judicial custody, Rajasthan Police may seek a transit remand


Naveen Nair, Jajati Karan, CNN-IBN
Mar 10, 2013 at 09:40am IST

Kannur/Bhubaneswar: Two days after rape convict Bitti Mohanty was arrested in Kerala, a team of Rajasthan Police officials will reach Kannur by Sunday evening to seek his custody. Bitti was sent to 14 days judicial custody in Kerala.

Bitti, the son of a former DG of Orissa was on the run for last seven years after being convicted for the rape of a German tourist in 2006 in Alwar, Rajasthan. Bitti was working in the State Bank of Travancore in Kannur since last year using a fake identity.

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Bitti landed in trouble after employees of the bank branch at Pazhayangadi grew suspicious of the true identity of their colleague on seeing his photo among pictures of the accused in various sex crimes shown by television channels and floated on the internet in the wake of the Delhi gangrape incident.

Bitti was picked up from his local residence last week and revealed his true identity during questioning,sources said. Police also corroborated their findings by interacting with their counterparts in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

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Kannur SP Rahul R Nair said that Rajasthan police had been asked to come to Kannur as he was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in 2006 for raping the 26-year-old German woman at Alwar. The FIR lodged in the local police station charged Bitti with cheating, impersonation and forgery.

After jumping bail in 2006, Bitti had obtained an MBA degree and managed to get into the bank as a probationary officer. He pretended to be an Andhraite and during his stay also learnt to speak in Malayalam well, without giving a clue to local people or his colleagues that he is a convict.

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