Indian wanted for rape in UK held in Delhi

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Indian wanted for rape in UK held in DelhiA 28-year-old man from Punjab who was wanted by the UK Police for two counts of severe assault and rape in Scotland has been arrested from the city by a Delhi Police team.

A Red Corner Notice had been issued in 2012 against culprit Raminder Singh and the Indian government was informed. Once it was ascertained that Singh had fled to India, the Delhi Police were contacted to trace him.

A native of Kapurthala in Punjab, Singh had left for the UK in 2009 on a student visa. Upon completing his education there, he began working as a bouncer at a club in Edinburgh. His mother serves in the Chandigarh Police.

The two assaults and rapes were allegedly committed by Singh in quick succession in July 2012. His involvement in the crimes had first come to light on July 22, 2012 when a 23-year-old woman was found in an “unconscious and unresponsive” state at the Pilvig Public Park in Scotland’s Edinburgh. “Her bloodstained clothes were found lying near her. Medical tests revealed fractured jaw and cheekbone, a missing tooth and a badly bruised and swollen face. The accused had attempted to rape her,” said Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on Monday.

Even as police were probing into this case, a 27-year-old woman informed the police that Singh had subjected her to a “serious sexual attack and rape”.

Investigations went on to reveal that immediately after the park assault, Singh had boarded a flight to Delhi from the Glasgow Airport. He then went underground and a Red Corner Notice was issued against him and an extradition request was forwarded by the UK authorities to the Indian government. The Crime Branch here learnt that Singh had been consistently shifting his base between Chandigarh, Punjab and Delhi to avoid arrest.

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