A former Indian primary school teacher facing the death penalty in India for the murders of 20 young women has been arrested on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, police said Monday.
Mohan Kumar is accused of using cyanide to kill the women from 2003 to 2009. A Mangalore court sentenced him to death in December 2013.
He was arrested Sunday after arriving at Bali’s airport from Sydney, based on a red notice from Interpol and following a tip from Australian authorities, said Denpasar Police chief detective Reinhard Habonaran Nainggolan.
Media in India have portrayed Kumar, 56, known as Cyanide Mohan, as a serial killer who preyed on women looking for marriage.
Nainggolan said police were questioning Kumar and coordinating with Indian diplomats.
He said Kumar told police that he had been hiding in Australia for years to avoid arrest, and had planned a 15-day vacation in Bali.
Kumar faces possible deportation, which could happen in days, or extradition, which could take more than a month, Nainggolan said.