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UK cops in India again to hunt Hannah 'killer'

A team of the Hampshire police are in India for a second time to help Punjab police trace Maninder Pal Singh Kohli.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2003 12:21 IST

The team of detectives led by Detective Superintendent Alan Betts, investigating the murder of teenager Hannah Foster, have once again returned to India. This will be their second visit to India since the investigation began. The team which flew to Delhi earlier this week, are expected remain in India for a couple of weeks, but said they could extend their stay.

The Indian police has not made any progress to find Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, wanted in connection with the murder. The three-member Hampshire Police team were, therefore, given permission by the Indian police to return to India to assist them in searching for Kohli.

Hampshire Police say the team are carrying outlines of inquiry to assist the case being prepared in the UK, while police in Punjab have been leading the search for Kohli.

Before leaving for India Detective Betts said: "We will never have jurisdiction to make inquiries to try and locate or arrest the suspect in India. We will be carrying out specific tasks relevant to the preparation of a file for court for such a time as when he is arrested and extradited. We will use this opportunity to see if there is anything we can do to aid the Indian police in their search for Kholi."

The team will try to find out Kohli's movements since he went to India in March, and also get background information from local registry offices.

Kohli had fled to India soon after the body of Hannah Foster was found dumped in the undergrowth, after she was abducted from close to her home in Portswood, Southampton, on March 14.

In India Kohli had visited his family in Chandigarh but disappeared after he recieved a phone call from the UK.

First Published: Dec 25, 2003 21:33 IST