A 77-year-old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his rented villa in North Goa's Marra in a suspected robbery bid on Sunday, police said.
An Indian-origin Australian citizen, who had committed a gruesome murder of an Australian woman in Queensland, Australia, and was absconding ever since, has been arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on Friday in a joint operation with Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Interpol.
The accused has been identified as Rajwinder Singh, who is guilty of allegedly killing Toyah Cordingley in the year 2018. A reward of one million Australian Dollars, valued at over Rs 5 crore had been declared by the Australian Police for information about the accused.
According to the Delhi Police, the Australian High Commission had informed about the reward on the head of the absconding accused, Rajwinder Singh, who had committed the murder on October 21, 2018.
After receiving an official statement by the Delhi Police, “INTERPOL had issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN), regarding the said accused. The CBI/INTERPOL, New Delhi had issued a non-bailable warrant, under The Extradition Act, against his name from the Patiala House Court on November 21, 2022.”
“On November 25, at about 6 am, in an intelligence-based operation, based upon inputs shared by CBI/INTERPOL and Australian counterparts, the accused was arrested from near GT Karnal Road by the Special Cell. The accused is being produced before the concerned court as per law for further proceedings,” the police added.
According to the police, Rajwinder Singh hails from Buttar Kalan in Punjab and used to live in Queensland, Australia.
The Queensland Police had appealed for public assistance for information leading to the location and arrest of Singh, who was believed to be in India. The Australian Federal Police based in New Delhi have been working with the CBI in the case. Not only this, the Queensland Police had also set up a WhatsApp link to receive tips directly.
The deceased Toyah was reported missing on October 21 escaped from Australia to India.