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Mar 11, 2013 at 10:26am IST

Former employer reveals Bitti Mohanty was frequently visited by father during Puttaparthi stay

Puttaparthi: Even as Rajasthan Police prepares to seek custody of rape convict Bitti Mohanty two days after he was arrested in Kerala, the role of his father, former Orissa DGP BB Mohanty, has come under suspicion. BB Mohanty had consistently maintained he did not know Bitti's whereabouts, but a former headmaster at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh, who employed Bitti at his school, said a man used to visit the convict frequently and Bitti had said it was his father.

"All this time, his father used to visit him. When I asked him where they both were residing, he said in a lodge. There was a second man who also kept visiting him, and he said it was a friend of his father's. I believed what he said as there was no scope at that time that I should doubt him. I am so nervous and shocked," said Rama Rao, former headmaster of Sri Sathya Sai Deenajanodharana School.

"There was no room for any suspicion all these years, he behaved very well. I can say that he deceived all of us by giving wrong information, he framed a nice story and we all believed him," Rao added.

Bitti's stay in Puttaparthi and how he got an MBA degree and a bank job is under investigation. A Rajasthan police team will leave for Kannur on Monday to seek his custody from the Kerala police.

Bitti 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 2012 using a fake identity.

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. 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, without giving a clue to local people or his colleagues that he is a convict.

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