Fugitive accused of rape in Scotland arrested in Delhi

New Delhi (IANS): International fugitive Raminder Singh, accused of raping a woman and attempting to sexually assault another in Scotland in 2012, has been arrested in Delhi, police said on Monday.

“Raminder Singh was arrested yesterday (Sunday) from Delhi. He was staying in Chandigarh under a fake identity,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav told IANS.

Acting on a tip, police nabbed 28-year-old Raminder Singh from Alipur in west Delhi, when he reached there from Punjab to meet one of his acquaintances for procuring a fake passport for himself.

Raminder Singh was accused of grievously injuring and attempting to rape a 23-year-old woman in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 22, 2012 and raping another 27-year-old woman.

Immediately after the incident, he fled from Edinburgh and boarded a flight in Glasgow to New Delhi via Dubai on July 23, 2012. He arrived in New Delhi the next day and went into hiding.

A red corner notice was issued by Interpol on the day he disappeared and British authorities raised his extradition request with the Indian government.

Police here received information that Raminder Singh was regularly shifting his base in Delhi, Punjab and Chandigarh.

He had assumed a fake identity and went by the name ‘Jasdeep Singh Bajwa’. He also ran a restaurant Noor Mehal in Jalandhar.

Raminder Singh also lived for sometime with a relative, Assistant Sub-Inspector Gurwinder Singh, who works as an instructor at the Punjab Police Academy in Phillaur in Jalandhar district.

Raminder Singh was born in Chandigarh and went to Britain in 2009 to study for a diploma in hospitality. After his education, he worked as a bouncer in a club in Edinburgh.