After playing hide and seek with police for over a month and a half, Ravdeep Kaur, one of the convicts in the infamous murder of additional sessions judge Vijay Singh, has been arrested by the Patiala police from India-Nepal border near Kashipur in Uttarakhand.
Ravdeep jumped parole and had been evading arrest since December 15. She had been let out on emergency parole on December 6 to attend her father's funeral, and was to report to Patiala central jail on December 21.
Following Ravdeep's arrest, the police produced her in local court, which sentenced her to spend two days in police custody to inquire about how she escaped and if she had any accomplices.
The police also recovered gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 80 lakh and Rs 12.50 lakh cash from her possession.
After getting major leads, police had set up a camp near the border a week ago.
It should be mentioned that in order to mislead the police, Ravdeep had left a note alleging that the deceased judge's family had threatened her.
Sources in the police said that after leaving her residence on December 15, she stayed at Gurudwara Nanak Matta Sahib in Uttarakhand before crossing over to Nepal in a bus.
"Ravdeep was living on a bogus identity in different places, she had made a fake voter card in the name of Arpita Jain, a resident of Jalandhar," said Gurmeet Singh Chauhan, senior superintendent of police.
"After getting important leads about her presence in Nepal, the police deployed teams at Indo-Nepal border in Kashipur. Ravdeep visited Kashipur on Tuesday and was arrested when she was trying to board a bus to Rudarpur," Chauhan added.
The police added that she used to visit India to forge documents and elope to other countries.
Sources added that she had developed links with Nepali prisoners during her stay in Burail jail, who provided her prior information about Nepal and helped her jump her parole. She was awarded life imprisonment in 2012.
She allegedly got face surgery done at Chandigarh, besides getting dental treatment to change her complexion.
Meanwhile, the police overruled involvement of any family members in her escape.
"We are now trying to investigate who helped her, besides going through records of her contacts in Nepal," Chauhan said.
On October 13 2005, additional sessions judge Vijay Singh was murdered by contract killer Manjit Singh while he was taking a stroll on the Polo Grounds after dinner.
The murderer was hired by Ravdeep for Rs 5 lakh. She allegedly had an affair with the deceased, who refused to marry her.
At the time of the murder, Vijay Singh was posted as the presiding officer of the Chandigarh Labour Court.
Kaur, along with accomplice Manjit, were given life imprisonment on March 30, 2012, by the Chandigarh district court.