The Mumbai police have arrested Ashok Shamlal Purohit (30), 10 months after he allegedly committed robbery and killed the wife of a builder in the city and was planning to settle down in Lucknow, by forging his identity. In a case resembling that of fugitive rape convict Bitty Mohanty of Orissa, who evaded the police for seven years by assuming a new identity as Raghav Rajan before being arrested in Kerala, the Mumbai police Crime Branch nabbed Purohit, who, it is alleged, had acquired a voter ID card and a ration card in the name of Rahul Joshi by presenting fake documents and paying an agent Rs. 10, 000 in the Uttar Pradesh capital.

 In May 2012, Purohit along with three accomplices had allegedly murdered Chetana Ajmera and fled with Rs 1.25 crore. The police arrested his accomplices last year. But Purohit, who was on run, kept changing his locations frequently, the police said. He travelled to different places in Maharahstra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and even stayed with a 16-year-old minor girl in Uttar Pradesh. A kidnap complaint provided a clue to the Mumbai police, who arrested Purohit, along with the minor girl, in Rajsamand district in Rajasthan on Thursday night.

 “He used every trick in the book to fool us. He even abandoned his wife and daughter in Rajasthan and wanted to begin life with a new identity,” said Himanshu Roy, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime). Mr. Roy said Purohit had lived a ‘colourful’ life in the last 10 months and spent most of the robbed money on bar girls. “The minor girl is now in our custody and we will send her back to U.P. soon.”