Kannur: Was it a love affair with a fellow woman bank officer that ultimately led to the arrest of German woman rape case convict Bitti Mohanty seven years after he jumped parole?
Speculation in this regard has been doing the rounds even as the police today did not want to confirm or deny reports that suggested this possibility, saying this was not the focus of their investigation now underway.
Bitti, who secured job in a public sector bank in Kerala, reportedly had an affair with a woman who was part of the same batch of probationary officers recruited by the public sector bank.
Initially, the affair appeared to have gone on smoothly, but when it reached a stage where they could think of becoming life partners, Bitti apparently wanted to wriggle out fearing that it would have adverse consequences for him, according to reports.
However, the girl, working in a different branch, is reported to have remained firm and informed her kin about the desire to marry him. Though her parents sought to dissuade her, she stuck to her stand.
It was during the time when the parents were making enquiries about him, that his picture was flashed on a TV channel in the wake of the Delhi gangrape incident as one of the culprits who had been absconding after committing crimes against women.
The close resemblance of the TV image with Bitti, who was living here as `Raghav Rajan' from Andhra Pradesh, made them suspicious about his real identity. The woman also started having doubts about Bitti.
It was around this time the bank's branch received an anonymous letter saying that the man who was working there under the name Raghav Rajan was actually Bitti, who had jumped parole in 2006 while he was serving a seven-year jail term in the rape case in Alwar in Rajasthan.
The branch forwarded the letter to its headquarters and the officials there, in turn, handed it over to the police.
Reliable sources in the bank headquarters said it was true that there was a letter casting doubts about the true identity of `Raghav Rajan,' but they could not say who wrote the letter.
At the beginning of the investigation itself, police had said there was anonymous letter which gave some clues. However, it was not the focus of the investigation now, it said.
Bitti to undergo DNA test
In other developments, Bitti might undergo a DNA test on Wednesday in order to confirm his identity, reports said.
Since his arrest last week, Mohanty, has maintained that he is Raghav Rajan.
The Rajasthan Police earlier confirmed that the arrested person is Mohanty.
A Kerala court on Monday sent Mohanty to 10-day police custody.
Mohanty's father BB Mohanty earlier said the arrested man from Kerala is not his son.
"Former Odisha DG BB Mohanty has said that the man arrested from Kerala is not his son Bitti Mohanty, who was convicted of raping a German tourist in 2006," CNN-IBN reported.
Mohanty was arrested in Kerala's Kannur district last week.
He was convicted of raping a German tourist in 2006 by a fast track court in Alwar in Rajasthan. He later jumped parole and has been absconding since then.
According to reports, investigations suggest that Mohanty was in touch with at least three close relatives during his hiding period.
Mohanty had impersonated as another person and had been working in a bank in Kannur, after acquiring an MBA degree.
According to police sources Mohanty had been living in Kerala for the last three-and-a-half years, with the help of a fake passport, a driving licence and even a college degree certificate in the name of Raghav Rajan.
The victim was Mohanty's friend who was a German student visiting India. She was raped in a hotel in Alwar during a trip to Rajasthan.
Mohanty was jailed after the crime very fast but when he was allowed to come out on parole and meet his ailing grandmother, he escaped.
It was alleged that his father helped him escape but the senior cop suspended for the same was reinstated in his job later and he retired from police service in 2012.
Kerala Police visit AP town
A Kerala Police team on Tuesday visited Puttaparthi, AP, as part of their efforts to gather details about rape case convict Bitti, police sources said.
The team approached local revenue department officials to get details about Mohanty, who is said to have stayed in Puttaparthi in Anantapur district for about three years after jumping parole, they sources said.
According to sources, Mohanty was suspected to have forged several documents in Andhra Pradesh to conceal his real identity during his stay in the State.
Mohanty had been living in Kerala as "Raghav Rajan" and secured a job in a PSU bank.
When contacted, Puttaparthi Deputy Superintendent of Police Venkataiah said, "Kerala Police have not approached us till now for any help".