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I raped and killed Hannah, confesses Kohli
Chitleen K.Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 28
Having confessed to have raped and killed 17-year-old Hannah Foster, Maninder Pal Singh Kohli today said he would not oppose his extradition to the UK and was ready to face any punishment for the crime.

According to the police, Kohli confessed to the crime during his examination by officers of the Punjab police here this evening. Talking to The Tribune, Kohli said he had wanted to ‘‘unburden’’ himself and had decided to tell the truth. ‘‘I am ready to confess to the crime before the UK police, too,’’ he said, adding that he regretted what he had done and was feeling guilty.

‘‘While examining Maninder Pal Singh Kohli on the background and circumstances under which he absconded, he stated that he had committed the crime for which he was wanted by the UK police,’’ said Mr Sumedh Singh Saini, IG, Punjab.

Kohli said he was drunk on the night when he committed the crime. ‘‘I had been drinking at a bar that night and left at 10.30 pm. I saw a girl walking down the road and started to follow her. Then I caught her from behind and put my hand around her face. She tried to scream but I told her that I will kill her if she shouted. She asked me if I wanted any money. Then I took her into my company’s van parked nearby and raped her twice. I told her not to tell anyone but she insisted that she will go to the police. Then I decided to kill her. I pushed her head on one side and strangled her to death,’’ he said.

Kohli, however, denied that he had been stalking Hannah for some days before the crime or that he had used any weapon. ‘‘That night was the first time in my life that I had seen her,’’ he said.

Leaving his wife and two children behind, Kohli fled

to India after the crime. After his initial stay in Mohali, his brother Ishtpreet Singh facilitated his escape to Bangalore in April-May 2003,’’ Mr Saini said.

According to Kohli, he befriended some students during his journey to Bangalore and used their bank account numbers to get the money that his brother would transfer him. ‘‘My brother, Ishtpreet, was in touch with me and would send me money. But whatever my brothers did for me, they did it out of brotherly love”, he said.

Asked why did he not unburden himself earlier and why was he running from the police for over a year, he said he had presumed that he would be able to leave his past behind and start a new life. ‘‘I remarried for that reason’’. I am not a criminal. I don’t know why I committed that crime. You can check my record. 

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