Bhubaneshwar: In March 2006, Bitti Mohanty was sentenced to seven years by a Rajasthan court for raping a German tourist. Eight months later, Bitti, the son of the then DG Home Guard in Odisha Police, jumped parole. His father BB Mohanty was accused of helping him and a non-bailable warrant was issued against him.
Dramatically the DGP too went underground. He surrendered in January 2008 but Bitti remained untraceable. While the police suspected he must have fled abroad, the last time CNN-IBN spoke to him, his father, claimed he did not know his son's whereabouts and feared he may have committed suicide.
Mohanty had said, "I suspect that he is dead. Otherwise no son could have stayed hiding when his father and his family is going through such an agony."
As the controversy raged in the media, the Odisha government had insisted that the law would take its course. When we contacted Orissa DGP Prakash Mishra he told us, "I don't think Bitti has gone abroad. It is not easy to go abroad. He must be hiding somewhere. This is an old case but we are constantly on the lookout for Bitti Mohanty. There is no political pressure on us."
While for seven long years Bitti had remained untraceable, the victim has returned to her country.