This police officer nabs child rape accused hiding in KSA
Merin Joseph, an Indian police officer of Kerala DCP, and her team has arrested a child rape case accused from Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.
The accused, Sunil Kumar Bhadran, a construction worker in Saudi Arabia was wanted in Kerala for the rape of a teenage girl in 2017, the India times reports.
Sunil who had been working in Saudi for years was accused of raping the girl, the daughter of a family friend while he was on a vacation. The girl later committed suicide at a rehabilitation center. By the time police identified Sunil as the accused he had fled the country. Even though an Interpol lookout notice was issued against him, the case made little progress.
It was only in June 2019 after Merin took charge as Commissioner of Kollam she stumbled upon the two-year-old case while reviewing pending cases of crime against women.
Following up on the lookout notice, Merin approached the CBI who in turn contacted the Interpol.
The Interpol confirmed that Sunil was in fact in Saudi and got him arrested. Subsequently, a team of Kerala Police led by Merin left for Riyadh on Sunday and took custody of him. The team returned to India on Tuesday with Sunil.
India and Saudi Arabia made an extradition agreement in 2013. This is said to be the first extradition from Saudi Arabia to India led by a female IPS officer.