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Murder convict of Ludhiana girl held after 16 years

A convicted prisoner who had jumped bail 16 years ago and was absconding all these years was arrested by the crime branch of Delhi Police on Wednesday.

punjab Updated: May 11, 2015 08:56 IST
HT Correspondent

A convicted prisoner who had jumped bail 16 years ago and was absconding all these years was arrested by the crime branch of Delhi Police on Wednesday.

The accused, Vipan Kumar alias Vinayak (53), who was convicted in a murder case of a girl at Ludhiana in Punjab, had been granted bail in 1999 by the Supreme Court.

Joint commissioner of police (crime) Ravindra Yadav said that on May 5, they received information about Vipan who had set up a meeting with his associate outside Nizamuddin Railway Station.

“On receiving a tip-off from a source, we laid a trap and managed to arrest Vipan. At the time of his arrest, he was driving an Innova car with a fake number plate. We informed the local police in Punjab where a case against him was registered,” said Yadav.

Vipan told police during his interrogation that in all these years he had been hiding in different places using a fake identity each time. In the early 90s he had joined his father’s steel business and in 1994 they had hired a woman as his secretary.

“He developed intimate relations with her and she got pregnant. When he came to know about it, he took the help of his driver Amarjeet to murder her. His father was also arrested for plotting the murder. The three had been convicted in 1998,” said Yadav.

Vipan appealed his case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and while his appeal was pending, he was granted bail by Supreme Court. After securing bail, he shifted to Delhi and had never appeared before any court.

In Delhi, he was residing in Shalimar Bagh area under the false name of Vinayak Kumar to conceal his identity. Police said that he prepared several false documents and also managed to get a forged license under his assumed name. He posed as an advocate and was also allegedly involved in smuggling liquor.

“Vipan has got prepared several forged documents such as two forged driving licenses, purportedly issued one from Transport Authority, Ludhiana and other from Delhi in the name of Vinayak Kumar. He has also got prepared an Identity card showing himself as Advocate Vinayak Kumar, purportedly issued by Bar Association of Ludhiana. He was also involved in supply of illicit liquor,” Yadav said, adding that Punjab Police has been informed in this regard.

“We informed the Punjab police and they have taken his custody now. A non-bailable warrant had been issued against him by a Ludhiana court,” added Yadav.