|The Haryana-registered Audi in which Nikhil was travelling. Telegraph picture|
Ramashankar, TT, Patna, March 14: A timely Google search by Uttarakhand police has helped nab a Patna businessman who is allegedly one of Bihar's most-wanted sexual predators.
Nikhil Priyadarshi, on the police radar in connection with the alleged sexual exploitation of a former Congress minister's minor daughter, was arrested from the northern hill state, two-and-a-half months after giving Bihar police the slip.
Nikhil's father Krishna Bihari Sinha, a retired IAS officer, was also arrested while travelling with his son in an Audi bearing a Haryana registration number. The father-son duo will be brought from Uttarakhand to Patna on transit remand and produced in a local court on Wednesday.
Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj said today that a joint police team of Patna and Paudi Garhwal district in Uttarakhand conducted a raid in Laxman Jhula in the hill state and nabbed Nikhil and his father.
"Our team (Patna police) was camping in Uttarakhand. The team has reached the Laxman Jhula police station where Nikhil and his father have been detained for interrogation," the SSP said, adding that an arrest warrant was pending against Nikhil in the case lodged with the SC/ST police station in Patna since December 2016.
He added that information given by four suspects last Saturday helped the police trace Nikhil's location.
Paudi Garhwal superintendent of police Mukhtar Mohsin, however, said a police team intercepted the Audi after seeing the Haryana registration plate during a routine checking drive yesterday.
During interrogation, the driver of the luxury car introduced himself as Nikhil Priyadarshi, a resident of Patna, and his father as Krishna Bihari Sinha.
"When our men searched the name Nikhil Priyadarshi on Google they were taken aback. They found that he was wanted in a molestation case in Patna. I contacted (Patna SSP) Manu Maharaaj, who is also my batchmate, and sought information on Nikhil. Maharaaj's service was roped in to ascertain his identity," Mohsin told The Telegraph over phone.
The Paudi Garhwal SP said since no criminal case was pending against the two detainees in Uttarakhand, the duo would be handed over to the Patna police after completion of legal formalities.
Uttarakhand additional director-general (law and order) Ram Singh Meena said: "The father-son duo didn't possess any identity card but were looking for a hotel to stay. Their behaviour was unnatural."