He thought he could avoid getting trailed by the police if he didn't leave any footsteps behind. But the trail of his own money did him in. Rajkumar, the main accused in the battered baby case, took to hitch-hiking rides through seven cities spread over five states instead of taking established travelling routes such as trains and chartered buses to evade the police one day at a time.
Rajkumar's travels are similar to those of the husband in the infamous Niranjini Pillay murder case, in which NRI Pillay's business developer husband Sumit Handa had chosen unconventional modes of travel to ensure that his movements remained as subtle as possible.
Rajkumar, police said, was nabbed after he kept withdrawing money from two of his bank accounts from different locations in the country.
"The withdrawals he made gave us a fair idea of his movement. In fact, he was arrested from near an ATM, which he had used on Saturday evening at the New Delhi Railway Station," said and investigating officer.
Meanwhile, apart from being accused for abandoning the baby and his 14-year-old 'friend', Mohammad Dilshad alias Rajkumar will also be charged in a serious cheating case, police said.
Investigators have recovered four fake voter ID cards from Rajkumar which he had procured through illegal process and used the same to "fulfil his dishonest intentions".
Police said while three of the voter ID cards were in his name, Rajkumar had procured the fourth voter ID card for the 14-year-old girl with whom he lived in a rented accommodation in Dwarka.
"Since keeping more than one voter ID card is against the law, we will book him under sections 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) of the IPC," said Sharma.
In the voter ID card, procured for the minor girl, Rajkumar had mentioned 'Anushka' as the holder of the card who was 22-year-old and his wife.
"Rajkumar used this voter ID card to get a room at a hotel in Mahipalpur area. The other three voter cards were issued in his real name and nicknames," said a senior investigating officer.