NRI murder suspect traced to Britain

Balddev Singh DeolA 62-year-old NRI wanted in India on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering his friend and business partner in Punjab last year, has been traced to his home in Britain.

Balddev Singh Deol who was seen at his home in Wolverhampton cannot be arrested because extradition papers are yet to be processed by Indian authorities, UK police said.

Deol is wanted by Punjab Police in connection with the murder of Ranjit Singh Power, 54, a hotelier from Wolverhampton who went missing on a visit to India in 2015. While Ranjit’s body has not been recovered his disappearance is being treated as murder.

An Indian taxi driver Sukhdev Singh remains in custody after police said he had confessed to the killing but police in India want to arrest Deol for questioning on his role in the murder. Deol told the media he is in the UK, and not to worry. However he has an Interpol warrant against him on charges of kidnapping, murder and disappearance of evidence of the offense committed.

Indian police believe Power’s murder may have been rooted in his business dealing in India and the UK. Last October Power’s daughter said a body returned to the UK by Punjab Police was not her father’s, as dental analysis ruled out a match.

The UK Foreign Office said it is providing support to the Power family.