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No red corner notice against Briton arrested in Goa

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 22:56

Panaji: The Indian-origin man with British
citizenship Ajay Kaushal, listed as the most wanted in UK by
Lancashire police, had no red corner notice issued against him
by Interpol which facilitated his entry into India through
Mumbai airport, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

Kaushal, 50, was arrested from southern Goa last
mid-night after police interrogated him in connection with the
death of his British friend William Scott, who was found dead
at his hotel room here last Sunday.

There was no red corner notice issued against Kaushal or
else he would have been apprehended at the Mumbai airport
immigration itself. He entered India through Mumbai and later
flew down to Goa, Superintendent of Police (PRO) Atmaram
Deshpande told reporters this evening.

He said Goa police had no reason to suspect him as he had
given his correct name and details to the hotel and was
carrying valid passport and visa.

Kaushal and Scott entered India from Bangkok, Deshpande
said. Scott died within few hours after their arrival in Goa
on October 24, the investigations of which led police to
interrogate Kaushal.

Kaushal, who is from Manchester, was on the run after his
involvement, along with six others, in the kidnapping of a
businessman for ransom. He was awarded a 15-year jail term in
his absence by Preston Crown Court.

"Kaushal behaved much normal with police and we had no
suspicion that he was wanted by UK police. He did not hide
his identity," Deshpande said.

Police got a tip off about Kaushal only after British
media and a community website of UK-based Goans published
about his presence in the country, the SP conceded.

British embassy was instantly informed about the arrest
of Kaushal last night and Lancashire police were also
intimated, who are likely to arrive here in next couple of

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 22:56
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