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Indian wanted for murder in US extradited

india Updated: Jul 10, 2008 22:40 IST

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An Indian citizen, wanted by Florida law enforcement authorities for the murder of his niece, has been extradited by India to the United States.

Kamlesh Agrawal, accused of murdering 20-year-old American citizen Deepa Agrawal, was extradited on Wednesday through the joint efforts of the US embassy in New Delhi, the Indian government and US Department of Justice.

Deepa was murdered on July 11, 1999, and Kamlesh fled to India shortly after police discovered his niece's body and a warrant for his arrest was issued by the State of Florida.

Upon receiving the arrest warrant for extradition from the US law enforcement agency, Indian police located Kamlesh and arrested him at a hotel in Mumbai in 2000. An Indian Magistrate's court approved his extradition in 2002, citing "prima facie" evidence of murder.

For the past eight years, Kamlesh's return has been delayed by judicial appeals. An Indian high court dismissed his final appeal in May 2008, and he was turned over to US authorities for extradition, according to a spokesperson from the US embassy in New Delhi.

Special agents based in India from the US Department of State Diplomatic Security Service and the US Drug Enforcement Administration escorted the fugitive to the US to face trial for murder in Orlando, Florida.