Indian wanted for niece’s murder extradited to US

July 10th, 2008 - 8:28 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) India has extradited an Indian citizen to the US where he was accused of killing his niece eight years ago, an official statement from the US embassy said Thursday. Kamlesh Agrawal was wanted in the US since July 11, 1999, for allegedly killing his 20-year-old niece Deepa Agrawal. Her body was discovered eight days later from a cardboard box in a closet.

“Kamlesh fled to India shortly after the police discovered his niece’s body and a warrant was issued by the state of Florida,” the US embassy statement said.

After receiving the provisional request for his arrest from the US, the police arrested Kamlesh from a hotel in Mumbai in 2000. A magistrate’s court approved his extradition in 2002, citing “prima facie” evidence against Kamlesh.

“For the past eight years, Agrawal’s return has been delayed by judicial appeals. The Mumbai High Court dismissed his final appeal in May 2008 and he was handed over to the US authorities for extradition to face trial for murder in Orlando, Florida,” the appeal said.

According to the authorities, Deepa had come home late July 10, 1999, after a night out with friends. When she arrived, they say, she had a heated argument with Kamlesh, who was in the apartment at the time.

A couple of hours later, the police say, neighbours saw Kamlesh leave the apartment. Deepa’s body was discovered eight days later when the police got into her apartment after friends and parents called them to say they had not heard from her or seen her.

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