With the recent arrest of Amandeep Singh Dhami,NRI from USA and a murder accused who managed to evade the authorities for more than five years,the Punjab Police is mulling over claiming the reward of $20,000 set by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Police arrested Dhami following leads provided by the FBI recently.
The extradition process will be initiated soon. We are likely to seek the reward money declared by the FBI, a senior police officer said.
Police also revealed that Dhami,29,married at least four-five times in India and abroad and was soon going to tie the knot with another woman,before he was nabbed. Police have,until now,failed to recover the fake driving licence and passport under which the accused had managed to flee the US and stay under an assumed identity in India.
Investigation revealed that after the shooting incident in California,Dhami paid around $10,000 to a travel agent to facilitate his escape to Mexico using the passport of his cousin Pritpal Singh. Thereafter,he fled to India and started residing in Jallandhar and Mohali under the identity of Jujhar Singh,resident of Arya Nagar,Gurdaspur. However,the fake documents have not been recovered yet.
Until now,authorities believed that Dhami first fled to Canada. Police are also trying to recover illegal weapons from his possession. Police said,Dhami confessed that his documents were with his friend Manpreet Singh Mannu in Jalandhar,who was earlier deported to India from USA for possessing cocaine.
Following FBIs leads,police are now probing Dhamis links with Raja Kandola,an alleged kingpin of international drug trade who was arrested last year. Police said,FBI forwarded them a report on Dhamis alleged links with the drug mafia. During investigation,Dhami revealed that his father Balbir Singh was killed in a gangwar while his uncle was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in a drug related case.