No red corner notice against Briton arrested in Goa
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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 days.

Bureau Report


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


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