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Amritsar police arrest man wanted in UK for killing cousin

A clash ensued and Batth inflicted a fatal wound on Randhawa, who died at a hospital later.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar | October 15, 2014 2:34:06 am

Kanwarjeet Singh Batth, an Indian wanted by the UK police for allegedly murdering his cousin, was arrested by the Amritsar police on Tuesday.

Batth, who hails from Amritsar, is wanted by Thames Valley police in connection with the murder of Opinderpal Singh Randhawa, also from Amritsar, in December 2010 during a party.

Batth allegedly attacked Randhawa at his home in Elliman Avenue, Slough, using a kitchen knife after a scuffle. Batth believed that Randhawa’s mother had photographed him with a glass of alcohol in his hand and was worried about the embarrassment it could cause if his family in India saw it. Randhawa then told him that everyone back home knew he consumed alcohol.

A clash ensued and Batth inflicted a fatal wound on Randhawa, who died at a hospital later.

Batth has been on the run ever since. The Thames Valley police had posters on its website seeking clues about his whereabouts.

The Amritsar police had received arrest warrants for Batth a year-and-a-half ago from the Interpol as it was suspected that he might have fled to India. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special) Harjit Singh Brar said the Interpol had been informed about the arrest. Batth will now be extradited to the UK.

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