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Wanted Indian deported to Dubai: Pakistan

Source: PTI
July 15, 2006 18:41 IST
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Pakistan has claimed that it has deported an Indian, wanted by New Delhi for various criminal acts, to Dubai from where he had arrived in Islamabad recently.

The Pakistan Federal Investigation Agency said it had detained the wanted Indian, Shivdasan Raman Vallappil, a resident of Kerala, when he arrived in Islamabad recently and deported him to Dubai on Friday.

Raman was detained and sent back to the country from where he got the visa for Pakistan, FIA Director General Tariq Pervez was quoted as saying by the local daily The News.

He said Raman was wanted by the Indian agencies for various criminal acts committed in India and red warrants had been issued against him by Interpol, of which Pakistan is a member. The accused was deported after 'higher authorities' granted permission, he said.

Raman's detention and deportation were informed to both the Indian government and Interpol Headquarters, Pervez claimed.

When asked about the media report, Indian High Commission officials said that New Delhi was apparently informed through the Interpol.

Raman was allegedly involved in criminal activities in India and escaped from the country and took shelter in Gulf nations when he was booked under various criminal charges, including running illegal telephone exchanges, causing a loss of billions of rupees to the Indian government, sources said.

Indian law enforcement agencies registered criminal cases against Raman on September 30, 2004 and tried to arrest him but he escaped to the Gulf.

The government contacted Interpol, requesting it to issue 'red warrants' against the accused, the sources said. These warrants were issued in December 2005 to 162 member countries, including Pakistan.

On Raman's deportation, Pervez said Pakistan is among the members of the Interpol and bound to inform the country demanding for the accused and the Interpol Headquarters about his presence. The country, later, uses diplomatic channels to get the accused back.

"Every country assesses legal value of red warrants according to the domestic law," Pervez said, adding that 35 countries take it as a warrant of arrest, the other category takes it as alert notice while the third group of countries treats the red notice as search notice and Pakistan falls in the third group.

It is still a mystery how Raman obtained a Pakistani visa and arrived in Islamabad.

India and Interpol recently also issued red notices against underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, wanted by the Indian security agencies for the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

India insists that Dawood, who has also been listed as a wanted terrorist the by United States, resided in Karachi and later shifted his headquarters to Islamabad. Pakistan, however, denies it.

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