The Kollam Crime Branch, which nabbed the con-couple based in Mumbai for cheating a Thiruvananthapuram-based exporter, had to overcome several hurdles before flying out from Mumbai with the accused.
The accused are said to have used their clout to resist the Crime Branch sleuths attempt to bring them here.
The team also missed the flight out of Mumbai twice over the issues, before managing to bring the accused, Nigerian youth Frank Ogbonnaya Nwachukwu, 32, and Jyotsna Ahluwalia, 21, here on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Crime Branch team received some negative media attention in Mumbai, after the parents of the arrested woman raised an allegation that the woman had suffered a miscarriage following the arrest. Jyotsna’s parents alleged that some snacks offered to her by cops while in custody caused the miscarriage and they blamed the Kerala cops for it.
However, the Crime Branch officials said that the allegation was part of an attempt by the girl’s family to prevent police from bringing the woman to Kerala.
“The girl had been bleeding even during the time of arrest from her apartment. She was taken to hospital and was given proper medical attention.
“As she had suffered a miscarriage, she was kept under 24-hour observation in the hospital, before the doctors gave clearance for the travel,” Crime Branch DySP D Rajagopal said.
Reports published in some of the leading dailies in Mumbai quoted the woman’s father, Sudip Ahluwalia, as saying that his daughter had been falsely implicated in the case by the Kerala police. He claimed that she was two-months pregnant over her relationship with her fiance Frank.
When contacted, the Bandra Police confirmed that the woman’s family had filed a petition in this regard.
“It seems like just an allegation and no case has been registered yet. The matter is currently under investigation,” they said.
Jyotsna was arrested by the Crime Branch at 7.45 pm on June 26 from her apartment in Bandra and the arrest was immediately reported at the Bandra police station. All legal procedures were followed for the arrest, DySP Rajagopal said.