NEW DELHI: It turns out the 'good samaritan' who sealed the fate of Bitihotra Mohanty alias 'Bitti', a rapist on the run for six years, wasn't a TV channel as one claimed, but a suspicious lover.
According to the Kerala Police, who arrested Bitti last Friday, one of his lady co-workers at the bank spilled the beans.
After Bitti, who was living under the fictitious name Raghav Raj, proposed to his girlfriend, she insisted that their families should meet. But he kept giving excuses which made her suspicious.
At one point he had to confess everything to her. According to the police, she informed the bank that led to his arrest.
But when the bank got an anonymous letter, written in both Malayalam and English, Bitti snuffed danger. The police nabbed him when he was about to slip out of his rented premises in Pazhavangady (Kannur).
How Bitti escaped the law for six years
On the run for six years after he was convicted of raping a German tourist in Rajasthan's Alwar district, Bitti was finally nabbed in Kerala's Kannur where he was living life as a probationary bank officer.
Bitti had jumped parole in November 2006 while serving a seven-year sentence in Jaipur. He has been missing since December 4 that year, when he jumped parole after being convicted of raping a German national in a hotel room in Alwar, Rajasthan.
Bitti, who was studying for an MBA degree in Delhi, had accompanied the victim, a research scholar, to Rajasthan. The victim had called a friend in Delhi, who alerted the Ministry of External Affairs. Bitti was arrested from a train while returning to the national capital.
In these six years, Bitti changed his identity - he took the name Raghav Raj - and appearance, forged dozens of certificates, did an MBA, got new friends and eventually a job with the public sector State Bank of Travancore (SBT). He even came to be known as spiritually inclined, gentle and popular with women.
All was fine till an anonymous letter a few days ago to the bank HQ in Thiruvananthapuram, with photos attached, blew his cover.
"The letter had social media clippings. We contacted the two references given by him but weren't satisfied. So, we alerted the branch and advised them to contact the police," a spokesman said.
According to the police, it was a different crime in another corner of the country that led to Bitti's cover being blown - the December 16 gang rape.
"In the wake of the Delhi gang rape, his photo was among the pictures of sex offenders shown by social media and TV channels repeatedly. Someone identified him and alerted the bank," a senior police officer said.
After jumping parole - granted so that he could visit his ailing mother in Cuttack - Bitti lay low till 2009, when he joined an institute in Kannur for an MBA. Soon after, he took up a teaching job at the same place.
Later, he appeared for a banking recruitment exam in Andhra Pradesh and was appointed probationary officer at the SBT branch in June 2012.
"He took the name Raghav Raj. His records with the bank show he is a resident of Andhra Pradesh," Kannur SP Rahul S Nair told HT. (With inputs from Hindustan Times)