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Kohli, brothers in police custody

July 28, 2004 12:05 IST
Last Updated: July 28, 2004 19:18 IST

A Punjab court on Wednesday remanded Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, prime suspect in the rape and murder of British teenager Hannah Foster, to police custody till August 5 in connection with a passport forgery case.

The court also remanded his two brothers -- Ishtpreet and Amritpal -- to police custody till July 31 on the charge of aiding their brother.

Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Punam Ratti ordered Maninder's custody after the Punjab police requested for a 14-day remand in the morning. The other two were produced before the same magistrate later in the day.

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A police team had early in the morning brought Maninder to Kharar, Punjab, from Kalimpong, West Bengal, in connection with the case.

Ishtpreet and Amritpal were on Tuesday arrested from Mohali, Punjab, on charges of aiding their brother with money and information while he was on the run and hiding at different places in India since March 28, 2003 after allegedly committing the crime in UK.

The court ordered medical examination of the three by a board of doctors.

The SDJM issued notice for July 31 to the police on the bail application moved by Ishtpreet and Amritpal, who are to be produced in the court at 1400 IST at the next date.

Maninder is to be produced before the same court on August 5.

Police sources said that Maninder would be taken to some places where he was suspected to have taken shelter.

Those persons who gave him shelter are also to be questioned, the sources said, but declined to divulge details.

Maninder, his parents and brothers stand accused in the fake passport case in Mohali. The police have alleged that Maninder, during his stay in Mohali from March 18-28, 2003, had got a fake passport.

Kalimpong SDJM Hargobind Singh had given Maninder's custody to the Punjab police on Monday.

Patiala Senior Superintendent of Police A S Rai, who was in the team that brought Maninder from Kalimpong, said that his brothers had been in constant touch with him.

Ishtpreet is a constable with the Punjab police.

Maninder confessed that he had created an email address to stay in touch with his brothers who provided him with money and information about police activities, the SSP added.

Rai said the police would question him about his movements in the country, his sources of money, how he got his passport and other travel documents made and who all provided him shelter when he was on the run.

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