Rape convict Bitti Mohanty worked in State Bank of Travancore (SVT) under Fake Identity.
Nearly seven years after he jumped bail while serving a seven-year sentence for raping a German national in Rajasthan, absconder Bitti Mohanty from Odisha was on Saturday arrested by Kerala police and remanded to judicial custody.
Son of former Odisha DGP BB Mohanty, Bitti had been working as a Probationary Officer in a public sector bank here for the last three years impersonating as “Raghav Raja” from Andhra Pradesh, police said.
In these six years, the 31-year-old changed his identity — he took the name Raghav Raj — and appearance, forged dozens of certificates, did an MBA, got new friends and eventually a job with the public sector State Bank of Travancore (SBT).
All was fine till an anonymous letter two days ago to the bank HQ in Thiruvananthapuram, with photos attached, blew his cover.
“The letter had social media clippings. We contacted the two references given by him but weren’t satisfied. So, we alerted the branch and advised them to contact the police,” a spokesman said.
“In the wake of the Delhi gang rape, his photo was among the pictures of sex offenders shown by social media and TV channels repeatedly. Someone identified him and alerted the bank,” a senior police officer said.
Happy with the big catch, police, however, are still baffled by how he managed to give them the slip all these years while living his life fully in the public eye.