A 26-year-old man, who had allegedly sexually assaulted a minor girl seven years ago and had been absconding ever since, was arrested from Maharashtra, police said on Sunday.
Identified as Akram Ali, the accused had kidnapped and sexually assaulted his victim at north Delhi's Deshbandhu Gupta Road back in 2006 but could not be traced, said Ravindra Yadav, additional commissioner of police (crime and railways).
"The case had been transferred to the Crime Branch after the local police could not make any headway in investigation. Recently, we received a tip-off that he was hiding somewhere in Maharashtra and investigation was re-initiated," said additional CP Yadav.
It was learnt that he was hiding at a rented 'kholi' at Gayatri Nagar Pahadi in Maharashtra's Bhiwandi.
Acting on reliable information, a raid was conducted in front of the Utsav Restaurant located on Bhiwandi's Kalyan Road and Akram was arrested.
Married and having fathered three children over the seven years that he had been absconding, Akram had apparently been very cautious about not being tracked by the police.
"During interrogation, the accused confessed that he had kidnapped a 14-year-old minor girl from Delhi in October 2006 and had forcibly taken her to Bhiwandi," said additional CP Yadav.
"The victim was, fortunately, rescued by a police team and brought back to her family in Delhi after two days but Akram had managed to evade arrest for seven whole years. He had severed all contact with his family and had taken away all his photographs from his ancestral home at a village in Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh," he added.