UP rape convict who jumped on parole arrested after 33 years from Delhi

UP rape convict who jumped on parole arrested after 33 years from Delhi

In 1986, the FIR was sued in the rape case. (representation)


A rape convict from the Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh who had been released has been arrested after 33 years from Delhi, where he lived under a false identity, police said on Tuesday.

Relatives of Raghunandan Singh, 56, in his hometown of Hathras were shocked to learn he was “alive” because they and villagers believed he was dead, they said.

Hathras Superintendent of Police Vineet Jaiswal told PTI that Singh, who was convicted in 1987, lived with his wife in Delhi for more than three decades and worked at a clothing store in the city.

“He was convicted in a rape case but granted parole while serving his sentence. He had jumped parole and had escaped for the last 33 years. He has now been arrested,” Mr Jaiswal said.

In 1986, the FIR was filed in the rape case against him at the Hathras Junction Police Station in the neighborhood. The following year, he was convicted of the crime by a local court and sentenced to life in prison, the officer said.

In 1989, the man appealed to the Supreme Court of Allahabad, after which he was released on parole, he said.

“But after he came out, he sold all his immovable property and movable assets in the village and left. He then moved to Delhi under a new false identity, got married and settled down,” Mr Jaiswal said.

He has lived for more than three decades in the Burari area of ​​Delhi and the high court had also issued orders for his arrest, Mr Jaiswal said.

“I had announced a reward of Rs 25,000 for his arrest and formed multiple teams, led by Circle Officer of the Sikandra Rao area, to track him down,” the senior officer said.

The Special Operations Group was also involved and the help of surveillance was taken to track down the accused, who was being held from Sant Nagar in Burari, he said.

According to officials, Mr Singh’s residents and relatives in his hometown believed he was dead because there was no information about him after he disappeared in 1989.

During follow-ups by local police following court orders, officials were informed by the village chief that Mr Singh had died, but the news of his arrest shocked the villagers and his relatives, officials said.

Legal proceedings are underway in the case by Hathras Junction Police Station officials, police said.

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