Finger prints of Bitti Mohanty match

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 10:08 hrs

Jaipur: Police have confirmed that the arrested Raghav Rajan from Kerala is the fugitive rape convict Bitti Mohanty after matching the finger prints and verifying records in Rajasthan.

The Kerala Police team that took Bitti Mohanty to Rajasthan, where he had committed the crime at Alwar, matched his finger prints in Jaipur jail and confirmed his identity as Bitti Mohanty, media reports said.

Jaipur police commissioner BL Soni confirmed the matching of finger prints.

Mohanty will be taken back to Kerala.

The Kerala Police on Friday said Bitti Mohanty had forged his B.Tech certificate from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in order to take the identity of Raghav Ranjan.

Meanwhile another team, quizzed Bitti's father and senior IPS officer BB Mohanty in Odisha's Cuttack district.

BB Mohanty had earlier said the arrested man from Kerala is not his son.

The police was also expected to visit Bitti Mohanty's school and college in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar in order to collect the proof of his identity.

The man suspected to be Bitti Mohanty, who was on the run for nearly seven years after his conviction for raping a German tourist, was arrested in Kerala's Kannur district on Feb 8.

The Kerala Police had earlier revealed that it was an anonymous note sent to the State Bank of Travencore that aided them to seek Bitti, working there impersonating as another person.

Mohanty 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 Kerala's 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.

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