Rape convict Bitti Mohanty, who was on the run for nearly seven years after his conviction for raping a German tourist and jumping parole, said his father, a former top cop, had not helped him during his years of absconding.
The son of former Odisha DGP BB Mohanty arrested by Kerala police has reportedly denied any help from his father while he was absconding.
Bitti 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.
Mohanty has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days now.
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.
Jaipur police to seek custody of Bitti
A team of Rajasthan Police is expected to arrive here tomorrow to seek custody of Bitti.
Jaipur Assistant Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph told a Malayalam television channel that a team of Rajasthan Police would reach Kannur tomorrow with jail and production warrants. Bitti was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in 2006 for raping a 26-year-old German woman at Alwar.
Bitti has been charged with cheating, foregery and impersonation by Kerala Police.
Bitti landed in trouble after the employees of the bank branch at Pazhayangadi grew suspicious of the true identity of their colleague on seeing his photo among pictures of accused in various sex crimes shown by TV channels and those floated on the Internet in the wake of the Delhi gangrape incident.
Bitti was picked up from his local residence on Friday evening and during interrogation revealed his true identity after initially trying to mislead the police.
The arrest proceedings were completed after police also corroborated their findings by interacting with their counterparts in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
After jumping parole in 2006, Bitti otained 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 Malayalam well, without giving a clue to local people or his colleagues that he is a convict.
Rajasthan Police may have to wait to get Bitti
Rajasthan Police may have to wait to take custody of rapist Bitti, police said.
Kerala's Additional Director General of Police N. Shankar Reddy said that they have sought police custody of Bitti.
"Bitti Mohanty's crime in Kerala is that he used forged documents. He studied in a college here and then got a job in the State Bank of Travancore as a probationary officer using the alias Raghav Raj from Andhra Pradesh. Rajasthan Police can take him only after we complete our investigation. This would be decided by the court here," Reddy said.
Sub-inspector M. Anil, who arrested Mohanty in Kannur in Kerala, said that initially he denied he was Bitti Mohanty but later accepted his true identity.
"Our job is to investigate how he got documents and certificates in the name of Raghav Raj. For that, once we get his custody, we will go to Rajasthan, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Our first job is to find out if there is anyone called Raghav Raj and if he is alive," Anil said.
Bitti Mohanty was picked up by police based on a complaint from the head office of State Bank of Travancore, which asked them to confirm his identity.
He showed police his passport and an electoral identity card in the name of Raghav Raj.
For the past seven months, Bitti Mohanty had been working as a probationary officer with the bank. Earlier this week, bank officials approached police to ascertain his real identity after they received an anonymous letter saying he was Bitti Mohanty.